Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee was taken into police custody following a voting rights protest in Washington D.C.
Voters with disabilities say proposed voting legislation will make casting a ballot harder for those with physical and mental challenges.
A three-day march in Texas is being planned in hopes to move the voting protection bills in Congress that currently are stalled in the Senate.
At least 2 Texas Democratic lawmakers have returned to the state after spending more than a week in Washington D.C. protesting proposed voting laws.
The Texas House Democratic Caucus, which has said it plans to not identify lawmakers who test positive, has started additional precautionary measures, such as providing daily rapid tests.
All three lawmakers, whom the Texas House Democratic Caucus did not identify, are fully vaccinated, which helps protect against severe illness.
Bush started his Paxton challenge with a fundraising lead of $2.3 million to $1.8 million, but Paxton easily maintains the most cash on hand in a primary that also includes Eva Guzman, the former state Supreme Court justice.
Republicans in the state capitol say the mass departure of Democrats from Austin in protest is killing felony bond reform. Much of the measures taken for felony bond reform would take place immediately, but if the D.C protest of House Democrats over voting rights continues, it will die.
State House Democrats who fled the state could now be tracked down and arrested. This comes after their Republican colleagues passed a measure to try and regain quorum in the legislature.
After taking up the voting bill, the Senate also passed the GOP priority bail bills Tuesday with virtually no resistance as most Democrats remained absent.
Less than a week into the special session, on the floor of the Texas Senate, lawmakers approved SB-1, the election reform bill Republicans claim will help restore confidence in the Democratic process.
More than 50 of the 67 Texas House Democrats left the state Monday for Washington, D.C. during the special legislative session. The Democratic exodus would deny the GOP the quorum, or minimum number of members, needed to pass that voting bill.
Dozens of House Democratic lawmakers are in Washington, D.C. to stop a voting bill in the current special session ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott.
Authors of voting legislation in the House and Senate are moving to ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting options, enhance access for partisan poll watchers and prohibit local election officials from proactively distributing applications to request mail-in ballots. Both bills also include language to further restrict the state’s voting-by-mail rules, including new ID requirements for absentee voters.
Abbott’s campaign coffers hit the balance after he raised over $18.7 million during the last 10 days of June, his campaign announced Thursday. The campaign said the cash-on-hand total was larger “than any other statewide candidate in Texas history.”
State lawmakers will be heading to Austin for a special legislative session. Among the issues to be addressed are violent crime, elections, and the border. The agenda does not include any action to improve the reliability of the Texas power grid.
The Texas GOP chairman made his campaign official Sunday.
After killing Republicans' priority voting bill during the regular legislative session, Democratic lawmakers are mulling how to try to stop it in the special session that starts July 8.
Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other Republicans who were initially noncommittal about the bill were under immense political pressure this session from conservatives and gun rights advocates, who have long lobbied the Texas Legislature for permitless carry.
The meeting will take place Wednesday, according to Harris' office.