On Friday, the House gave final approval to Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), the session’s main elections bill, as amended. The final vote was 80-41 with all present Democrats voting no and all Republicans voting yes except for Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), who voted against it.
In the Senate, Hughes said he could not move to accept House amendments, which would have sent the bill to Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) desk. Hughes objected to an amendment added by Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park), the chair of the House Elections Committee. Cain authored the main elections bill during the regular session, and he gave Democrats an easy opportunity to kill it because of self-inflicted procedural delays. He may have just given the Democrats another chance to kill it – albeit a slim chance – as the second special session enters its final week.
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