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Voters Back Rights For Elderly Visits, Eating And Clean Air

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(AP)–Voters in Texas have pushed back against pandemic restrictions on nursing home visits and worship services.

A pair of constitutional amendments approved Tuesday would prohibit government officials from limiting religious services or preventing nursing home residents from having visitors. Both passed with significant support, about a year after some officials had imposed restrictions to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Voters elsewhere also approved new constitutional rights. A successful Maine amendment creates the nation’s first right to grow and eat food. In New York, voters passed an amendment establishing a right to clean air and water.

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