The House gave tentative approval to a bill that would eliminate the single-punch option to vote a straight ticket. House Bill 25 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) was passed to engrossment (third reading) by and following a series of largely party-line votes. The nearly two-hour debate became testy at times as Democratic amendments limiting the bill’s effects were discussed and rebuffed.

Simmons accepted an amendment by Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin), a member of the Elections Committee, to ensure that the Secretary of State’s office works with counties to ensure “voters and county election administrators are not burdened by the implementation.”

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