Texas Democrat Leaves Washington, Returns to Austin to Work on Voting BillEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

A Texas state Democrat lawmaker who left the Lone Star State to block a special session over a voting overhaul bill announced he’s returning to Texas to address the bill. Rep. Philip Cortez, who was one of about 60 Democrat lawmakers who traveled from Texas to Washington this month, said he was asked by other Democrats to return to Texas to work on improving the bill. Republicans have argued the bill is necessary to safeguard future elections and restore the public’s confidence in them, while Democrats say the measure would place unfair restrictions on minority groups when they cast their ballots. “I proudly stood with my Democratic colleagues and left Texas to ensure House Bill 3 would not be approved as introduced. A small working group of Democrats decided to begin active discussions here in Austin on improving HB 3 and asked that I return to establish open communication lines,” …Read More

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