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Texas Legislature 2021

Texas Supreme Court says House Democrats can be arrested and brought to the Capitol, siding with Republicans trying to secure a quorum

In a bid to block a voting restrictions bill, House Democrats for weeks have denied the lower chamber the number of present members needed to pass legislation. House Speaker Dade Phelan has already signed dozens of civil arrest warrants.

The Texas House Democrats held a press conference alongside U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, and grassroots organizers at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 6, 2021. Friday is both the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act and the last day of the special session of the Texas Legislature.

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