AUSTIN – Attorney General Paxton has filed an amicus letter brief in the Texas Supreme Court to stop an unlawful charter amendment from being placed on the ballots of San Antonio, Texas voters in the upcoming May 2023 municipal general election. The letter brief was filed in support of the Texas Alliance for Life’s challenge to the charter amendment, which contains numerous left-wing policy initiatives.

To ensure that charter amendments are clear and that voters can make their voices heard, Texas state law requires charter amendments to include only one subject. But San Antonio’s proposed charter amendment does not accord with this long-standing legal requirement, as it contains a multitude of different topics.

Even the San Antonio City Attorney has acknowledged that the proposed amendment presents at least six subjects, among them changes to policies regarding abortion, marijuana, no-knock warrants, chokeholds, the creation of a new municipal government position, and a reduction in criminal penalties for numerous state-law crimes.

By: Molly Smith

Austin-based Texas Alliance for Life, along with San Antonio resident Maria Theresa Ramirez Morris, filed an emergency writ of mandamus petition Thursday asking the court to compel the city clerk and council to break up the charter amendment into separate ballot measures.

The anti-abortion group bypassed the San Antonio-based Fourth Court of Appeals — which counts just one Republican among its seven justices — and went directly to the all Republican Supreme Court.

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