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Texas Legislature 2021

Texans testifying on GOP voting bill faced a 17 hour-wait to be heard by lawmakers in the dead of night

Members of the public arrived at the Texas Capitol as early as 6 a.m. to sign up to speak before lawmakers considering the legislation. In the House, public testimony wouldn't begin until early the next morning.

Hundreds of people wait outside an Auditorium in the Capitol extension to provide testimony at a Senate committee hearing regarding proposed election legislation on Saturday, July 10, 2021.
Michelle Brown, right, of Fort Worth, and her sisters from the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, were first in line to testify against House Bill 3, at the House Constitutional Rights and Remedies Committee hearing at the state Capitol on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

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