No MSM coverage yet, but here's the money quote from a ruling Monday by federal district Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio related to Texas Youth Commission employees who were fired in Spring 2007:
It is further ORDERED and DECLARED that Section 37 of Senate Bill 103, codified in Texas Human Resources Code Sec. 61.035 (Vernon Supp. 2008), that attempted to remove the "for cause" status of Texas Youth Commission employees before the effective date of Senate Bill 103, is unlawful pursuant to provisions of the Constitution of the State of Texas and the United States of America.The section of the bill Judge Garcia said was unconstitutional removed language that said employees could be fired "for cause" and substituted "at will" employment, including retrospectively.
It will be two years next month that dozens of employees at TYC were let go under the same provisions as the two plaintiffs in this court case, so there's still a window when more litigation may be filed now that this precedent has been set.
UPDATE: My first attempt to upload the pdf files to the web didn't work, so let's try this: Go here to download the judge's ruling and here for the plaintiffs' petition he granted. See if that works. Best I can do, apparently.
MORE: See initial coverage from the Dallas News.