Customers formed a long line for groceries outside of Fiesta on Stassney Lane in Southeast Austin in February. A bill that the House advanced limits the governor's emergency powers during a pandemic. An amendment that would have banned statewide or local mask mandates narrowly failed. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune
The Texas House has approved a sweeping bill that would reform the governor’s emergency powers during a pandemic and involve the Legislature during such instances.