Coronavirus in Texas: Conservatives sue Gov. Greg Abbott over stay-at-home order

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Cars line up at LBJ Early College High School in Austin to receive food and hygiene products from the Central Texas Food Bank’s donation event on April 15, 2020. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Friday's biggest developments:

  • Conservatives sue state officials over stay-at-home order

Conservatives sue Abbott, Paxton over statewide stay-at-home order

[5 a.m.] Conservative activists and Houston-area pastors are suing Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton over the state’s stay-at-home order, according to the Houston Chronicle.

In a filing not yet posted in court databases, activist Steve Hotze and multiple pastors claimed the order imposes “draconian, unconstitutional requirements,” the Chronicle reported. The petition, calling for a Travis County state district judge to halt the order, in part focuses on religious liberties — claiming churches are shut down.

Hotze and others in the suit also sued Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo over her stay-at-home order before Abbott’s order, which deemed churches essential services. Abbott said church services could continue but members should practice social distancing. — Jolie McCullough

Texas reports 16,455 cases and 393 deaths