Via Quorum Report :
“SENATE DEMOCRATS BLOCK HB1706 BEFORE IT IS PASSED
Eleven Democrats sign letter to block voter picture ID bill
As the Texas House tries once again to pass HB1706 by Mary Denny, Senate Democrats have signed its death warrant.
The bill would require photo id or two alternatives in combination with a voter registration card in order to vote. Democrats complain that the bill creates undue obstacles to voting for the elderly and students, among others. They also argue that this is part of a nationwide Republican effort to disenfranchise voters.
Senate Democrats have rendered the next several hours of House debate moot by signing a letter indicating that they will not vote to suspend the rules in order to bring up the bill. Senate requires 2/3s of the 31 members to vote to suspend before a bill can be heard.
The full text of the press release will be in our Executive Summary later today.
Hot damn! This is a great moment in voting rights. Let’s find out who signed the letter so we can put them in the running for top Senator and Representative of the 79th Lege.