MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

Ban Blocked

A federal judge based out of Austin temporarily blocked an abortion ban set to go into effect on September 1. Judge Lee Yeakel granted a temporary restraining order on Thursday that delays enforcement of a law banning the most common type of second-trimester abortions until September 14, according to the Texas Tribune.

Running on Empty

Despite snaking lines at gas pumps across the state in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton assured that there was no gas shortage in Texas, instead pinning the problems on logistics. “There’s plenty of gasoline,” he said. “This will subside.” Still, that hasn’t stopped lines popping up in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.

Law of the Land

Over 650 new laws went into effect in Texas on September 1, spanning the gamut from a ban on texting while driving to legalizing open sword carry. You can check out the Houston Chronicle‘s breakdown of some of the bigger laws going into effect Friday, but it’s worth noting that two of Governor Greg Abbott’s marquee issues—a ban on sanctuary cities and the aforementioned abortion ban—are currently tied up in the courts. Both were set to go into effect on Friday.