"Water breaks will no longer be guaranteed for construction workers in Austin and Dallas when a new state law that prevents municipalities from regulating everything from evictions to payday loans takes effect next month.
Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) amid a weekslong heat wave last month, H.B. 2127 will invalidate existing local rules that are stricter than state laws when it goes into effect on Sept. 1.
Opponents have dubbed it “the Death Star bill” in part because it would bar Austin and Dallas from requiring construction companies to offer 10-minute water breaks every four hours."