Attorney General Ken Paxton might weigh in again on the legality of religious displays on law enforcement patrol vehicles in Texas.

In a letter to Paxton, District Attorney Rod Ponton, who handles four West Texas counties, has asked for an opinion on whether sheriff's deputies in Brewster County are allowed to place stickers in the shape of crosses on the back of their patrol vehicles. Ponton made his request in late December, as the sheriff's office came under fire from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. 

The display debate is reminiscent of when lawmakers asked Paxton in October whether the Childress Police Department violated the First Amendment with its "In God We Trust" displays on patrol vehicles. Area lawmakers and Gov. Greg Abbott supported the displays. Paxton agreed.

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