Texas Governor Signs “Death Star” Bill Stripping Power From Local Officials - The New Republic

A new Texas law backed by Republicans, business lobbying interests, and Governor Greg Abbott strips power from local officials to regulate things like housing, worker protections, the environment, public health, and more.

House Bill 2127, nicknamed the “Death Star” bill, bans a city or county from enacting laws that contradict anything in Texas state code in nine areas: agriculture, business and commerce, finance, insurance, labor, local government, natural resources, occupations, and property.

Proponents say the law, which is set to take effect September 1, helps business owners to avoid having to navigate different regulations in different localities.

But in practice, as The Texas Tribune notes, this law would block local ordinances providing benefits to workers like mandatory paid sick leave or water breaks for construction workers (meanwhile, heat-related deaths on construction sites have doubled in the last 10 years compared to the previous decade).

The law will also ban cities from passing new rules against predatory lending without first getting approval from the Texas legislature.

The law’s leading proponents were Representative Dustin Burrows and Senator Brandon Creighton.

Burrows, an attorney, is married to someone whose family has been involved with cattle ranching and oil and gas[.]

Creighton, meanwhile, is the principal and owner of a real estate company, Creighton Realty Partners, and the general counsel for the real estate and development company Signorelli Company.

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Locations: Texas 

Organizations: Republican Party (GOP) The Texas Tribune Creighton Realty Partners Signorelli Company 

People: Greg Abbott Dustin Burrows Brandon Creighton 

Tags: Regulation Legislation Texas House Bill 2127 Thirst 

Type: Headlines