Voter fraud crackdown a step closer with House committee vote

Voter fraud crackdown a step closer with House committee vote

Voter fraud crackdown a step closer with House committee vote

In this week's Texas Political Roundup: The state's lawsuit over its new anti-"sanctuary cities" law is no more, but the legal battle over its constitutionality continues.

Since the start of the special session, Abbott in interviews and fundraising emails has emphasized other priorities on his agenda over the bathroom bill.

Mail-in ballot fraud garnered no attention during the regular session, despite Republican state leaders pushing for and approving a "must-pass" revamp of Texas' controversial voter identification law - which is still pending a challenge in federal district court.

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Krause is one of 49 GOP lawmakers in the State House who either authored or co-sponsored the legislation. With the special session, beginning July 18, Gov. Abbott is reviving a so-called "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people after the last try ended with Republican lawmakers angry and deadlocked. Straus said that decision is in the hands of the committee's chairman, Rep. Byron Cook, a Republican. "We're excluding things common decency dictates should be part of this coverage", said Howard. If the House passes the bill on Saturday, the lower chamber and Senate could still reach a compromise before time runs out on Wednesday. That's why Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, has filed House Bill 362, creating joint land zoning boards, bringing together local government, the military, property owners, and stakeholders on any zoning decisions. "The biggest problem in the Texas House right now is that we have an individual in leadership position that's making unilateral decisions", said Rep. At least, that's the view of some Texas lawmakers wanting to pump more money into public schools.

Gov. Greg Abbott - who for months during the regular session was reticent to voice his support for a bathroom bill - eventually took the lieutenant governor's side and added the issue to his 20-item agenda for a special session that Patrick forced him to call by holding hostage legislation needed to keep open the doors at a handful of state agencies. "I'm very concerned and I think it would be a huge disappointment", she said. That's where you get the inside scoop in unvarnished, straight talk that every Texan can understand. "I don't want my child to be a statistic of the 2017 special session", Kimberly Shappley, the mother of a transgender daughter, said at a protest this week, the Times reports. One is similar to SB 3, in that it would limit transgender people to using only those restrooms or changing facilities that match their biological sex at birth, and would prohibit localities from enforcing nondiscrimination ordinances that provide protections for members of the LGBTQ community.

Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Straus and most state elected leaders will be up for election in November 2018.

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