Texplainer: Is the AG Required to Defend a State Law?

Hey, Texplainer: Could Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott choose not to defend a state law? 

Last week, Fort Worth state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, criticized Republican attorney general Greg Abbott, who is also running for governor, for defending in court the state’s $5.4 billion budget cuts to public schools.

Davis, an advocate of increased public education funding, slammed Abbott for representing the state against a lawsuit filed by more than 150 school districts as a result of cuts to public education enacted by the Legislature in 2011. The coalition of school districts claims the state’s school ...

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