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Texas House tentatively passes bill increasing penalties for mail-in ballot fraud

12 August 2017

Many House Democrats tried to amend the bill to include exceptions for rape, incest or fetal abnormalities. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, on the SB3, known as the bathroom bill during a Special Session, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Alan Vera of the Harris County Republican Party said as he testified in support of the bill at a Senate hearing.

Mail-in ballot fraud garnered no attention during the regular session, despite Republican state leaders pushing for and approving a "must-pass" revamp of Texas' controversial voter identification law - which is still pending a challenge in federal district court.

Dallas Sen. Royce West also criticized a lack of input from Democratic lawmakers, saying their concerns were not considered in the crafting of the bill.

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"The whole point is to hopefully deter people from participating in those activities ever again", said Representative Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth) who sponsored the bill in the House. As part of the Governor's special session agenda, this bill will improve the integrity of the ballot box and ensure voter confidence in Texas elections. Senate Bill 60, which also quickly cleared the lower chamber by a voice vote, repeals a rider in the budget passed during the regular session that would have prohibited funding for the agencies because lawmakers didn't pass the related "sunset" bills as expected. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio.

Opponents of the bill said there is no way to foresee the need for this type of coverage. "The biggest problem in the Texas House right now is that we have an individual in leadership position that's making unilateral decisions", said Rep. The other, much smaller in scope, would simply place restrictions on restrooms and locker rooms in public schools. That's where you get the inside scoop in unvarnished, straight talk that every Texan can understand.

"I'm kind of disappointed at what they've chosen to do", Taylor said. "For me, the bill is not dead until the special session is over and all our legislators start to understand that transgender Texans, people like me, are no threat to society".

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Simmons - who earlier this week hadn't completely given up on his bills - speculated whether they could be rewritten to add to one of the pending education bills.

We've got the lowdown on all the political action under the Pink Dome, as the Austin statehouse is called, in this week's Texas Take. "Joe Straus can block legislation he doesn't want to have happen".

Restricting bathroom use in public facilities was deemed a legislative priority by Lt. Gov. Both leaders are Republicans, but they fall on opposite ends of the partisan scale - Patrick, a Tea Party candidate and religious right darling, and Straus, a soft-spoken member of the state's moderate conservatives.

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Texas House tentatively passes bill increasing penalties for mail-in ballot fraud