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Texas lawmakers are expected to discuss electoral reforms designed to provide more electoral security after the Supreme Court upheld Arizona rules, which the Democrats called illegal and discriminatory.
The Texas legislature will open a special session on Thursday at the behest of Governor Greg Abbott.
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“Today I announce the formation of the House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies, a special committee with expanded membership and expertise is the ideal forum to ensure the careful consideration of subjects that may be held in a special session,” Texas spokesman for the House of Representatives, Dade Phelan, tweeted Tuesday.
Officially, the issues to be discussed remain unknown, other than being brought up by Abbott, but Democratic MP John Bucy III, who is on the committee, told the local KVUE that he “can only imagine the special committee looking at it becomes”. Election issues. ”Abbott also reportedly announced in May that state lawmakers would discuss bills related to election and bail reform during a special session sometime this year.
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Once Abbott officially declares what topics will be discussed, the session will be limited to draft legislation on those topics.
The Texas House and Senate each put reform bills to the vote, and the Democrats staged a strike in May that undermined Republican efforts. Dallas Democratic MP Jessica González told the Texas Tribune it could happen again at the special session.
“As we venture into the unknown, we must keep every option open from the caucus point of view, including denying the quorum,” said González.
The previous strike caught the attention of the White House, with Vice President Kamala Harris Meeting with multiple Texas state lawmakers in Washington in June.
The nation’s eyes were on the Supreme Court last week as it issued its ruling on a case that challenged the legality of Arizona rules that prevented third parties from collecting or filing a person’s absentee ballot (commonly known as Ballot harvest) and called that provisional ballot papers are discarded if they are cast in the wrong constituency.
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The Democratic National Committee alleged that these measures were discriminatory and violate the voting rights law. The court ruled 6: 3 that these were properly enacted rules to protect electoral integrity and that the Democrats had failed to produce convincing evidence showing discriminatory intent or effects that would warrant a change.
The court’s approval of Arizona security measures could encourage Texas and other states to enact new rules of their own at a time when the Washington Democrats are looking to pass sweeping laws that would force states to adhere to standards that the restrictions on voting would override crop and voter ID requirements.
Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.