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They FINALLY Came Out Of Hiding—Now Election Reform Can Resume In Texas


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Guess who’s back?

Several Texas Democrats decided to actually do their duty, and quit delaying the inevitable vote for election reform and integrity in The Lone Star State.

It’s a shame that so few of them chose to return, but as long as election reform moves forward then its all good.

The 38 day standoff between Texas Democrats and Republicans is pointed out by many as the lengthiest quorums in the modern history of the state.

Take a look:

The Epoch Times reports:

The return of Democratic state Reps. Garnet Coleman, Ana Hernandez, and Amanda Walle paves the way for Republicans to resume work on voting overhaul bills that they argue are needed to safeguard future elections and would restore the public’s confidence in them.

Last month, 52 state House Democrats broke quorum when they absented themselves from legislative business in order to block the measure and others like it. Democrats have argued that the GOP-backed election reform bill would place unfair restrictions on minority groups when they cast their ballots.

While only three Democrats returned to the Lone Star state, Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan said enough were there to achieve a quorum, which in the House is normally 100 present legislators.

 

Washington Examiner noted that Democrats were less than thrilled with their colleagues decision to return to Texas:

State Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos accused the present members of aiding the Republicans in passing the “voter suppression bills.”

“We were literally on caucus calls for 2 hours this morning and none of the defecting Democrats mentioned they were planning on helping the Republicans pass voter suppression bills,” Ramos tweeted. “Guess what the other defecting Democrats have accomplished by going back—NOTHING!”

The lawmakers’ participation provides the Republican-led chamber a chance to take up the measure to amend the state’s voting laws, an initiative among Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities in calling the special session. The chamber referred its version of the voting reform proposal to committee on Thursday. The state Senate has already passed its version of the measure.



 

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