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Texas Judge Blocks Law Barring Cities from Requiring Worker Water Breaks

HeadlineAug 31, 2023

A Texas judge just ruled a new state law barring cities from making a wide range of local decisions unconstitutional. Among other things, it would have prohibited local governments from requiring water breaks for construction workers. Texas’s HB 2127, dubbed the “Death Star” bill, was set to go into effect Friday and was part of an effort by the state’s Republican Party and Governor Greg Abbott to control increasingly progressive and Democrat-led cities. The law was challenged by Houston, San Antonio and El Paso. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner celebrated the decision, saying, “This self-defeating war on cities needs to end.” Texas’s attorney general has already appealed the ruling.

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