“After Marathon Hearings, Texas Republicans Advance Voting Measure”


Texas Republicans moved legislation to overhaul the state’s voting system closer to passage on Sunday, brushing aside fierce opposition from Democrats to gain approval from key committees in the House and the Senate after marathon weekend hearings.

The committee votes, coming just days into a 30-day special session, adhere to Gov. Greg Abbott’s timetable for swift action on the legislation, which he has called a priority for his administration. The full 31-member State Senate is expected to vote on its bill as early as Tuesday. The 150-member House is also likely to take up its own version of the measure this week.

The Texas Tribune has these reports on the weekend overnight hearings, noting that some of hundreds of people who came to testify waited up to 17 hours to be heard.

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