State Attorney General Ken Paxton has told Erath and other Texas county leaders they can spend public money on holiday decorations.
In a non-binding opinion issued on Monday, the Republican AG said state law allows commissioners courts to use county funding on holiday lights and decorations for public buildings.
He added that legal precedent– which he did not specify– found such decorations to be (quote) “passive and not coercive,” (end quote), meaning a court would likely determine that displaying them didn’t violate the Constitutional separation of Church and State.
Public holiday cheer has previously been a source of political and legal consternation in Texas, with the religious implications of state-sponsored celebrations coming under legal scrutiny.
Source: Local News