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Effort to ban Democratic chairs fails in Texas House, but rule passes to penalize future quorum-breakers

House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, snuffed out a monthslong push Wednesday to end the chamber’s longtime tradition of having committee chairs from both parties.

State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, speaks at a Texas Freedom Caucus press conference at the Capitol on Aug. 30, 2021.

Punishing quorum-breakers

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