“ First, it enables him to maintain the additional powers that the initial declaration granted his office. If there has been one persistent theme of Abbott’s governorship, it has been an effort to adjust the distribution of power in the Texas political system toward the executive branch. However low-key the public messaging on COVID, the pandemic remains enough of a presence, particularly with the increasing coverage of the spread of another Omicron sub-variant in parts of Asia and Europe, to provide a rationale for institutional vigilance should anyone ask. The governor thus maintains the ability to act with limited legislative or judicial oversight, particularly in pushing back against local government and health authorities.”