It seems Texas is fulfilling its promises. Texas Democrat Legislature members who fled to stall votes connected to critical state business will face arrest. They will be detained, if necessary, when they return
The state’s House of representatives voted 76-4 to arrest members who fled the state. The said members took off so that no vote on election reform measures will happen.
Previously, the measure was reportedly not necessary. A quorum may reportedly be met in the state’s Legislature regardless of the absences.
Per a New York Times reporter, an aide from the Texas senate said a quorum may take place. It can happen even with the Texas Democrats MIA.
That means the bill can be passed today either way.
Therefore, while the state Legislature Democrats are gone taking pictures from their highly publicized, expensive trips, they may not be needed at all.
Texas Governor Says Authorities Can Arrest Democrat Members of the Legislature Who Fled
Previously, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said that authorities can arrest the fleeing members of the state Legislature when they return. This is possible if a vote requires them to be there.
Abbott said: “As soon as they come back in the state of Texas, they will be arrested, they will be cabined inside the Texas Capitol until they get their job done.”
However, this may not be necessary at all after all.
Appearing on “The Ingraham Angle” Abbott said the Democrats violated the rules on legislature included in the state’s Constitution.
He said: “What the law is, it’s in the Constitution, and that is the House, the State House of Representatives, who are here in the capitol in Austin right now … they do have the ability to issue a call for their fellow members who are not showing up to be arrested, but only so long as that arrest is made in the State of Texas. That is why they have fled the state.”
He also added that “Once they step back into the state they will be arrested and brought back to the Capitol and we will be conducting business.”