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Report by Texas Appleseed and Texas Fair Defense Project. Report Subtitle: Holds on Driver’s Licenses for Unpaid Tickets Harm Communities and Fail to Increase Local Revenue. Cancel OmniBase Contracts and Work with Individuals to Modify Traffic Violation Debt.
Brief of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Lone Star Justice Alliance, Texas Association of Family Defense Attorneys, Texas Appleseed, and Texas Home School Coalition as Amici Curiae in support of petitioner's motion for rehearing
In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit No. 21-40317. On appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Brief of Texas Appleseed as Amicus Curiae in Support of Defendant-Appellant Urging Reversal. Issue: Texas Appleseed, represented by pro bono counsel Stinson LLP, filed this brief in support of the temporary eviction moratorium issued by the CDC to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the fact that this regulation did not exceed Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The District Court’s decision was not only a substantial departure from existing Commerce Clause jurisprudence that would threaten a wide range of regulations, but if applied beyond the Plaintiffs, would potentially result in the eviction of one million Texans, force Texas families whose finances have been affected by the pandemic into homelessness, increase the use of costly emergency public services, and accelerate the spread of COVID-19.

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