Texas ready to move on billion-dollar opioid settlement

This week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune.

By Alexandra Hart & Wells DunbarFebruary 18, 2022 12:10 pm, , , ,

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

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced the state will receiving $1.17 billion in settlement money stemming from a nationwide lawsuit over opioids.

“It’s a big deal” said Texas Tribune reporter James Barragán, who has been watching the suit unfold. He tells the Standard that Paxton’s office has “announced that they have enough support from cities and counties to agree to a deal with these three major pharmaceutical companies.”

Attorney General Paxton also another lawsuit against the Biden administration this week, this time over federal COVID protocols on airplanes. “it’s part of an ongoing fight that the AG has with the federal government over COVID-19 efforts to … prevent the pandemic.”

Lastly, the NAACP Legal Defense filed a federal civil rights complaint against a Carrol ISD in North Texas, a district that’s made headlines several times in the past few years for racist incidents.

For more on these stories from the week in Texas politics, listen in the audio player above.

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