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85th Texas Legislature Update


As the 85th Texas Legislative Session continues, HCRP will be bringing you highlights from the session. See articles below on Voter ID, Pension Reform and Straight Ticket Voting. 


Voter ID
SB 5
Houston Chronicle- Gov. Greg Abbott late Sunday declared passage of a voter ID legislation an emergency for Texas lawmakers, pushing them to approve the faltering bill with just a week to go in the legislative session. The unusual move came about 9:30 p.m., after Senate Bill 5 has languished in the House after being approved in the Senate on March 28. The House immediately placed it on its emergency calendar for expedited consideration. The bill would make changes to the state's controversial voter ID law to bring it into line with a federal appeals court ruling that declared it discriminatory toward minorities.

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Pension Reform
SB 2190
Houston Chronicle - The Legislature is expected to take its final votes on Houston's pension reform legislation within days after a group of House and Senate lawmakers Sunday night hashed out the differences between their chambers' versions and produced a final bill.

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Straight Ticket Voting
HB 25
The Texas Tribune - The Texas Senate gave initial approval [last] Wednesday to legislation that would eliminate straight-ticket voting in all elections. The bill's supporters say it would force voters to make more informed decisions in individual elections. "What we're doing is showing every race matters," the Senate sponsor, Republican state Sen. Kelly Hancock of North Richland Hills, said Wednesday. The legislation's backers also argue it would bring Texas in line with at least 40 other states that do not allow straight-ticket voting, the option for voters to automatically cast their ballot for every candidate from a single party. Straight-ticket ballots made up nearly 64 percent of total votes cast in the state's 10 largest counties in 2016.

The preliminary approval of HB 25 on Wednesday came after Hancock amended it to postpone its effective date from September 2017 to September 2020. That will allow candidates more time to prepare for the change, Hancock said.

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