Weighing the possibility of lawsuits against complaints that the public needs time to digest major public-policy changes, the Austin City Council delayed Thursday deciding whether to amend environmental-enforcement rules the Texas attorney general contends aren’t legal.
The council decided to wait three weeks before voting on a proposal to alter the city’s “grandfathering” rules, which allow the city to enforce some of its environmental regulations more tightly than Attorney General Greg Abbott thinks state law allows. The city staff had urged the council to make the change immediately, after concluding Abbott’s reading of the law is probably correct.
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