Voter ID: By a nearly party-line 21-10 vote, the Senate gave its preliminary approval today (Monday) to a bill to update the state’s Voter ID law. Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) was the only Democrat to vote for the bill, joining the chamber’s 20 Republicans.

Senate Bill 5 largely conforms to a recent judicial order requiring an option for voters who are impeded from obtaining one of the required identifications. The bill also makes it a felony – carrying up to a 10-year prison sentence – for a voter who intentionally falsifies a declaration of reasonable impediment. Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), the bill’s author, added an amendment to the bill that increased the prosecutorial standard to secure a conviction, easing some fears that voters risked jail time over confusion with the Voter ID law.

The Senate rebuffed Democratic amendments that would have softened the criminal penalty and expanded the list of allowable photo IDs.

HD44: Cibolo resident John David Rodgers filed a campaign treasurer appointment with the Texas Ethics Commission for a potential campaign for state representative, but he did not indicate which district on the form. Almost all of Cibolo lies in Guadalupe Co. in HD44, which is represented by Rep. John Kuempel (R-Seguin). His social media activity indicates he may be active with the Guadalupe Co. Democratic Party.

Corpus Christi: Today was the deadline for candidates to file for the May 6 special election for mayor. Nine filed.

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