Special Session: A bill intended to prevent mail-in ballot fraud was passed by the Senate, 21-10. Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) would increase penalties for voter fraud committed via mail-in ballots, particularly for individuals convicted of prior or concurrent election fraud offenses or the victim was a voter aged 65 or older. A series of Democratic amendments were defeated along largely party-line votes, including an amendment that would exempt family members from a bill making it an offense to “influence the independent exercise of the vote of another in the presence of a ballot or during the voting process.” Several senators argued that the provision would make family members guilty of election fraud if the family discussed candidates with a mail-in ballot on the table or in the same room.

HD15 open: The Woodlands anesthesiologist Rick Mora announced he is a Republican candidate for the seat being vacated by Rep. Mark Keough (R-The Woodlands). Former Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) has previously announced his candidacy.

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