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Texas Legislature 2021

Signed warrants produce no arrests of Texas Democrats for now, but perhaps a hardened resolve to stay away

It’s unclear how far Republican leadership plans to take the arrests, and there remains debate about the limits of law enforcement’s authority to detain lawmakers who are not accused of committing crimes.

Members voted on a motion by State Rep. Will Metcalf, R-Conroe, to instruct the Department of Public Safety to detain absent members and return them to the House floor until a quorum is present on Aug. 10, 2021.

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