Dallas City Council Extends State of Emergency

The state of emergency declared by Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson last week will last through April 29, at least, the city council voted in a special called meeting that lasted from 10 a.m. to just before 7 p.m. and was punctuated by a few technical malfunctions thanks to a new need to have every member video conference.

Matt Goodman and Shawn Shinneman at our sister publication, D Magazine, covered the day-long meeting and wrote:

“The Dallas City Council on Wednesday extended its declaration of a state of emergency through April 29 at 11:59 p.m., deciding to give business owners a date they can point to — albeit a very, very precarious one — in which this might all be over. The vote passed 8-7, with the other Council members favoring an indefinite end point that would’ve granted Mayor Eric Johnson the ability to wipe the emergency declaration when he saw fit.”

Read more of their coverage here.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at [email protected].

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