Single-punch Elimination: The Senate gave final passage to House Bill 25 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton), sponsored by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), to end the practice of single-punch, straight-ticket voting in the state. None of the chamber’s Democrats voted for the bill. Because the Senate added an amendment to delay implementation until 2020, the bill will return to the House for an expected vote to concur.

Note: Jeff Blaylock, publisher of Texas Election Source, is on record as being in favor of House Bill 25.

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