In July, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that restricted Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan’s authorization to arrest Dems who weren’t at the capitol to block a Republican-backed voting overhaul bill.
Judge Brad Urrutia ordered that Dems have the chance until August 12 to issue a court filling in response.
Phelan and Abbott asked the court to overturn the order by 6 pm on August 10 because it would stop them from exercising their constitutional authority to arrest and detain the lawmakers who broke the quorum.
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“Compelling the attendance of its members is a prerogative given to the House by the Texas Constitution,” said the two Republicans.
Abbott’s office declared victory stating, “the Supreme Court of Texas swiftly rejected this dangerous attempt by Texas Democrats to undermine our Constitution and avoid doing the job they were elected to do.”
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“We look forward to the Supreme Court upholding the rule of law and stopping another stall tactic by the Texas Democrats,” the statement continued.
Dems, as an answer, shared they would try to fight this decision at the district court level.
“It is no surprise that Republican Governor Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan want to arrest their political opponents. Thankfully, this is still the United States of America. We will defend the freedom to vote, and we look forward to our temporary injunction hearing on August 20,” Trey Martinez Fischer, Gina Hinojosa, and Jasmine Crockett added.
Some Dems lawmakers are getting back to Texas.
“There’s no way … I’m going to that House floor while I’ve got the protection of a judge’s order,” Rep. Celia Israel stated.
Also, Rep. Erin Zwiener spoke to the Austin American-Statesman that she left Washington, but she didn’t reveal her current location.
“The Supreme Court of Texas ruling has nothing to do with where I will be today,” she stated.
Texas legislature needs a two-thirds super-majority for a quorum to start a legislative session.