Texas House orders arrest of absent Democrats after state Supreme Court overturns protection order – .

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Texas House orders arrest of absent Democrats after state Supreme Court overturns protection order – .


Texas House voted overwhelmingly to issue arrest warrants for Democrats who fled the state to prevent a vote on a GOP election bill.
The 80-12 vote comes after the state’s Supreme Court earlier overturned a temporary restraining order that barred lawmakers from being arrested.

Nearly 60 state officials fled the Texas legislature last month to block the quorum needed to pass a voting reform bill. Republicans say the bill will strengthen electoral security, while Democrats challenge measures would deprive minorities of their rights.

The Chamber ordered the Sergeant-at-Arms to send for all those absent whose presence is not excused, under arrest warrant “if necessary”.

The only Republican to vote against the arrest order, Lyle Larson, said the Twitter that “the civil discourse has taken a bad turn today”.

“Have we gotten to the point where we believe so much in our own bull shizz that we arrest our own colleagues,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Speaker of the House Dade Phelan asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court protective order preventing the arrest of Democrats upon their return to Texas.

A spokesman for Mr Abbott said in a statement after the Supreme Court ruling rejected Democrats’ attempt to undermine the Constitution by fleeing the state.

“We look forward to the Supreme Court upholding the rule of law and stopping yet another blockade tactic for Texas Democrats,” Renae Eze told The Hill.

Democrats who have already returned to Texas are still at risk of arrest if they refuse to form a quorum. The return of four Washington DC lawmakers on Monday leaves the House just five members to reach the quorum of 100 members to pass the bill.

Less than half of Democrats who left the state remain in Washington DC, according to CBS DFW. Rep. James Talarico told the outlet after returning to Texas that Democrats didn’t have many options.

“Since the quorum break began, I’ve been very honest about our options in Texas – we don’t have many. It’s by design, ”Mr. Talarico said.

The split between representatives who remained out of state and those who returned led to internal struggles with Democratic members of the state.

Ana-Maria Ramos tweeted that colleagues like Mr. Talarico, Mary Gonzales, Joe Moody and John Turner said they “checked in [Monday] to help Republicans pass anti-election bills ”.

“You threw us all under the bus today!” Why? She added.



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