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Coronavirus in Texas

Texas lawmakers responded to the pandemic by limiting what the government can do in response to a pandemic

Lawmakers didn’t succeed in curtailing the governor's power during a disaster, but they did pass bills that prohibit so-called vaccine passports and ban the mandatory closure of churches and gun stores.

A state trooper stand guard outside of the door to the House chamber on opening day of the legislative session on Jan. 12, 2021.

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