Greg Abbott Suspends State Laws to Get Supplies to Texans During Pandemic

(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FILE – In this June 6, 2018, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to fellow state officials and media in Austin, Texas. Abbott on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, pulled down a tweet after being mocked on social media for sharing a widely debunked quote attributed to Winston Churchill about fascism. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)


Texas Governor Greg Abbott is lifting restrictions and regulations on the private sector in order to let it do what it does best during this pandemic; get supplies to Texas residents faster than the government can.

According to KXXV-TV, Abbott has waived laws that allow truckers from the alcohol industry to transport supplies to grocery stores:

He says this will provide grocers with another private-sector option to keep their shelves stocked during the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is yet another example of the private sector stepping up and Texans helping Texans as we all work to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our state,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank the Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission for its assistance in this effort. By waiving these regulations, we are streamlining the process to replenish the shelves in grocery stores across the state. We are all in this together, and I want to remind all Texans that hoarding resources is neither necessary nor productive. Texas has the supplies to meet the needs of Texans, and we will continue to expedite the flow of groceries to stores across the state.”

Abbott also added in a tweet talking about the article that regulatory barriers needed to be lifted to get speedier deliveries.

“To get more supplies in our grocery stores more quickly I will remove any regulatory barrier that stands in the way. Texas is now allowing trucks that deliver alcohol to also deliver grocery supplies,” he tweeted.


It’s unclear why there was a regulation that stops alcohol trucks from carrying other supplies as well, but the lifting of this regulation proves that when regulations from the government are lifted, the private sector is capable of flowing faster and more smoothly.

Alongside the trucking regulations being lifted, Abbott has also fast-tracked temporary licensing of out-of-state doctors, nurses, and more in order to help Texas with its containment and treatment of the Wuhan virus.



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