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What it means to break quorum and what you need to know about the Texas House Democrats’ dramatic departure

Democrats are preventing the Texas House from having enough members to pass legislation. We explain what that means, what options Republicans have and what’s in the voting bills Democrats oppose.

House Speaker Dade Phelan speaks with legislators on the opening day of the special session at the Texas Capitol on July 8, 2021.

What does it mean to break quorum?

What happens if there aren’t enough members present?

Can the Senate still vote as a full chamber?

What recourse is there when a quorum is intentionally broken?

Can members who fled the state be arrested?

What’s in the voting legislation that Democrats oppose?

Why did Texas Democrats choose Washington, D.C., as their destination?

Is there precedent for Texas lawmakers walking out to block legislation?

How are Republicans portraying Democrats’ recent decampment to Washington, D.C.?

How have prominent Democrats reacted?

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