(USA Feature) Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he will call the legislature into special session in order to pass legislation aimed at improving voter integrity in the state after Democrats walked out a day earlier.
Though Abbott did not say when the special session would be called, it comes after Democrats effectively killed the legislation by walking out Sunday, denying the legislature a quorum.
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Calling failure of the bill “deeply disappointing,” Abbott nevertheless made clear it is a legislative priority for him.
The measure passed the Senate on Saturday and seemed destined to wind up on Abbott’s desk before Democrats, one by one, left the House chamber during debate on the legislation Sunday.
“I am disappointed that some members decided to break quorum,” Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain, who carried the bill in the House, said in restrained criticism.
“We all know what that meant. I understand why they were doing it, but we all took an oath to Texans that we would be here to do our jobs.”