Texas lawmakers are meeting in a special session Thursday to complete the remaining unfinished business from the next session.
At the top of the agenda: Republicans argue that the controversial GOP election law, aimed at tightening voting access rules, will make elections more secure and Democrats will suppress minority voter turnout.
THE LEGISLATION OF TEXAS, WHICH PREFERED THE RIGHT TO VOTE, WILL BE IN THE COMPATIBILITY OF THE SUPREME COURT UNDER ARIZONA LAW
Democratic state lawmakers disrupted the original version of the bill in late May, at the end of a legislative session, with a march that drew national attention.
The bill, announced by State House Republicans on Wednesday, creates new identification requirements for voting by mail and bans voting in Harris County, a Democratic stronghold in Houston that was used during the 2020 election. the largest city.
But unlike the regular session bill, the new proposed law does not prohibit voting on Sunday morning, which has been sharply criticized by churches for unfairly targeting black voters who voted through coordinated, “spirit-to-vote” efforts.
Notably, the election bill is far from the only item on the agenda of a special session convened by GOP’s three-term governor, Greg Abbott.
The the governor made a statement on Wednesday what the republican-controlled legislature discusses during the session – it can last up to 30 days.
In addition to the Electoral Bill, hostage recovery, border security, censorship on social media, legislative funding, prevention of domestic violence, restrictions on transgender students ’access to school sports, abortion drugs, surcharges for retired Texas teachers, critical racing theory, and budget issues. be at the outlet.
But the fight over the election bill is moving to a central stage as Texas Republicans try to join more than 15 other states that have passed laws that control the state government and tighten voting access rules.
These states include important battlefields for the Arizona, Florida, and Georgia elections. This impetus has been fueled by former President Donald Trump’s repeated baseless allegations that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and “stolen”.