Dallas Stylist Goes Free As Greg Abbott Eases Penalties For Defying Shelter-In-Place Orders

This week in Texas politics with The Texas Tribune.

By Rhonda FanningMay 8, 2020 12:12 pm, , ,

It’s time for the week that was in Texas politics with Alex Samuels, political reporter for The Texas Tribune.

As salons and barbershops begin to reopen Friday, some conservatives in the state are celebrating the release of hairstylist Shelley Luther from a Dallas jail. Luther kept her salon open in defiance of an earlier shelter-in-place order from Dallas County. Thursday, Abbott eliminated the possibility of jail time for defiance of COVID-19 orders.

Also, the Texas Workforce Commission had temporarily suspended the enforcement of a rule that requires those receiving unemployment benefits to seek work. But this week, the agency’s Executive Director Ed Cerna told lawmakers that the rule would be reinstated as businesses across the state start to reopen.

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

Web story by Shelly Brisbin.


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