TX: Democrats Walk Out of State Legislature to Block GOP Vote Suppression Bill

Source: Newsweek

“Texas Democrats are walking out of a special session of the state legislature in an effort to block a Republican-led elections bill from passing and flying to Washington, D.C. instead. At least 58 Democratic members of the state House of Representatives plan to leave Austin on Monday to block several bills, including a sweeping elections bill, by denying Republicans a quorum. Under the Texas Constitution, the legislature requires a quorum of two-thirds of lawmakers be present to conduct state business in either chamber. Absent lawmakers can be legally compelled to return to the state capital and risk arrest flying out of the state. The group will fly out of a pair of private jets chartered for the occasion and fly to D.C. to call on their federal counterparts to pass federal voting legislation.” (07/12/21)