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The Texas Supreme Court upheld school mask mandates in the state on Thursday, at least temporarily.

After a judge in Travis County, which encompasses the state capital of Austin, issued a temporary restraining order rejecting Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates, the decision was appealed to the high court, which upheld the lower court’s ruling.

The ruling was narrow in scope, handing the plaintiffs a victory only because it was stipulated that the case should be reviewed by an appellate court before it arrives at the state’s supreme court.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton petitioned the Supreme Court Tuesday to reverse a series of temporary restraining orders issued by state District Judge Jan Soifer that permitted Harris County and eight school districts to require students and faculty to wear face coverings in public schools, the Texas Tribune reported.

The judge also reasoned that Abbott did not have the enforcement authority to ban mask mandates “against Texas independent school districts.”

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