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Anti-Abortion Group Photographing Empty House Seats

The Texas Alliance For Life had a photographer in the House gallery this morning shooting empty seats on the floor —checking for lawmakers who ducked the vote on SB 7, a health bill that has anti-abortion amendments.

Photos of Texas House Members who showed up for work Monday, June 27, 2011.

The Texas Alliance For Life spent the weekend lobbying House lawmakers to show up for today's vote on SB 7, a major health reform bill that includes a couple of key anti-abortion amendments. Today, the organization had a photographer in the gallery photographing empty seats on the House floor — presumably checking for Republicans who had ducked out on the vote. 

The Alliance has posted the photos on its Facebook page, along with a link to The Texas Tribune's House seating chart, so that its supporters can track down who's missing. 

"We were concerned there wouldn't be enough Republicans and Democrats combined, which was the case on Friday, to bring up this important vote," said Joe Pojman, the organization's founder and executive director. "We wanted to reward members that showed up for work, which was their responsibility as elected officials, and let people know whose elected officials did not show up so those members could be held accountable." 

The measure passed, with the anti-abortion amendments, with little fanfare. Just two Republicans voted no: Rep. Diane Patrick, and Rep. Fred Brown. (Brown voted no because the conference committee report took the teeth out of an anti-fraud amendment he'd added. We're waiting for a response from Patrick.) 

Two other Republicans were excused from today's session, and didn't cast a vote: Reps. Joe Driver and Van Taylor. 



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