Supreme Court may decide Austin billboard battle
AUSTIN, Texas — A three-year legal battle involving Austin’s ban on digital advertising on commercial billboards appears to be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, an escalation by the city that could have rippling consequences throughout Texas and two other states.Austin is among roughly 90% of cities in Texas that prohibit digital billboards anywhere except for on the premises of the business being advertised. The prohibition is aimed at protecting the aesthetics of the city’s skyline and keeping motorists from being distracted by rotating advertisements for such things as whiskey brands and pe...
Texas Supreme Court upholds governor's limit on mail ballot drop-off sites
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court upheld Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting counties to one mail-in ballot drop-off location in a Tuesday evening ruling that overturned two lower courts.The unanimous ruling dissolved an injunction, issued by a Democratic District Court judge in Travis County, that sought to bar enforcement of Abbott’s limit of drop-off locations as an impermissible burden on voting rights.The all-Republican court determined that while Abbott restricted voters to one site per county to deliver their completed ballots, the governor actually had expanded voting opportunities...