Since its ratification in 1876, the Texas Constitution outlines the structure and functions of the Lone Star state government. For over 144 tumultuous years, the document has endured over 666 amendments, of which 73 percent were approved, signaling a commitment to civic duty in Texas and openness to change through democratic processes. Despite the numerous and ongoing proposals, amendments, additions and retractions, nowhere in the text of the Texas Constitution does it designate its applicability as “conditional” or “unless inconvenient”.
In the year 2020, the Texas Constitution still holds true despite the recent and devastating onset of a disastrous global pandemic which has resulted in millions of hospitalizations worldwide and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. While the pandemic has tested the strength of emergency contingency plans and medical infrastructure around the state, under no circumstance should it test the applicability or pertinence of the Texas State Constitution to its citizens, and more specifically, its allocation of rights of due process, equal protection and right to assembly.
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