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AG Paxton joins STR suit

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton intervened in a lawsuit against the city of Austin yesterday, “over its onerous short-term rental ordinance, concerned that it exceeds the lawful scope of the city’s authority and infringes upon residents’ fundamental constitutional rights.” City Council approved the ordinance in question in February. Soon after, a suit that homed in on limiting gatherings and allowing the city’s Code Department to search short-term rentals was filed. “This blatant overreach by local government infringes upon the constitutional rights of people who own and stay at short-term rentals,” Paxton said in a statement to the press. “The city of Austin’s draconian ordinance defies logic and common sense, and must be struck down.” The full intervention is embedded below.

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