In two recent cases, federal judges in Texas have called into question the constitutionality of Gov. Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 orders, saying the orders lacked specifics about important processes, and were sowing confusion among businesses.

Houston Judges Lynn Hughes and Vanessa Gilmore did not rule the governor’s regulations unconstitutional, but the judges did make a point in their orders—issued in two lawsuits by businesses suing the city of Houston over its enforcement of Abbott’s virus orders—to express their thoughts about the constitutional infirmities of Abbott’s decrees.

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