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Texas Legislature 2021

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan signs 52 arrest warrants for absent Democrats in bid to end chamber’s weekslong stalemate

The Texas Supreme Court earlier Tuesday ruled that Democrats who refuse to show up could be detained by law enforcement and brought back to the state Capitol.

House speaker Dade Phelan announces that the motion to detain missing members and return them to the House floor until a quorum is present, passes with 80 affirmative votes, 12 opposed, one present not voting, and 56 absent members on Aug. 10, 2021.

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