House Elections Committee: Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) appointed Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Wylie) as Chair of the House Committee on Elections. She led the committee last session. Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) was appointed Vice Chair. She served on the committee last session. Reps. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco) and Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) also return to the committee from last session. Rounding out the committee are Reps. Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie), Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) and Valoree Swanson (R-Spring).

Voter Fraud Conviction: Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office announced that it had obtained a guilty verdict from a Tarrant Co. jury in a voter fraud case. Rosa Maria Ortega, a Mexican national, was convicted of voting illegally between 2004 and 2014. She had falsely claimed that she was a U.S. citizen on her voter registration form. Ortega was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $5K, per a statement from Paxton’s office.

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