The House and Senate adopted the conference committee report for Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), sending the session’s main elections bill to Gov. Greg Abbott (R). No Democrats voted to adopt the report, and Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) was the lone Republican to vote against it. In the Senate, the report was adopted on a party-line, 18-13 vote.
“It is about ensuring that all Texans trust the outcome of every election in Texas,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) said in a statement. “We’ve succeeded in our goal to make voting in Texas easier while making it more difficult to cheat.” In a statement, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said the bill “will solidify trust and confidence in the outcome of our elections by making it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” Abbott said he would sign it into law.
“This law, the moment it is signed, will be met with great force in the form of a complaint in a United States District Court,” said Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio). Citing “no evidence of fraud” in the state’s elections, U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas) called the bill “nothing but a perpetuation of the Big Lie and an attempt to intimidate and discourage certain Texans from voting.”
Final passage of this legislation has eluded Republican leadership since the end of the regular session, when an hour-long quorum break was all that was required to kill it.
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