Single-punch Elimination: By a 20-10 party-line vote, the Senate tentatively approved a bill that would end single-punch voting for all a political party’s candidates. Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), sponsor of House Bill 25 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton), amended the bill to delay its effective date to September 2020. Hancock said his amendment would give more time for candidates and election officials to prepare for the change. Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) said he expected the bill would be challenged in court, arguing that the bill would “dilute the vote of Democrats and, more specifically, minorities.”
Final Senate approval is expected Thursday. The bill would then return to the House for a vote to concur in the Senate amendment.
Note: Jeff Blaylock, publisher of Texas Election Source, is on record as being in favor of House Bill 25.
SD19: Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) turned himself in to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Antonio a day after being indicted on 13 counts of bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. Uresti has said he is innocent. “I look forward to my day in court,” he said upon leaving his initial hearing. “Meanwhile, I have a job to do. I’m headed back to Austin, back to the Capitol, to do what I was elected to do by the voter, and that is to fight.”
HD60: Granbury trucking company owner Mason Casas has filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee for a potential challenge to Rep. Mike Lang (R-Granbury) as a Democrat.
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