Democratic Lawmakers leaving a Southern state can and “will be arresting” says Governor Greg Abbott. That will be upon their return as he goes ahead and pushes with changes in voting laws.
Democratic Lawmakers are in Trouble
Abbott, who is a Republican gave an interview on Monday, about the democrats’ decision to leave the state. If the special session of the Texas legislature he called can go ahead.
Flying out of Texas to Washington, D.C., on Monday, the Democratic legislators denied the legislature the two-thirds quorum. This is needing in order to conduct business and to passing legislation.
Abbott was asking in an interview the Democratic walkout meant the voting bills – Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 3 – could not be passing. As a result of that, could he do anything as governor to, in fact, compel the lawmakers to return to the state. In his response, Abbott said there “still remains plenty of time to pass not just the bills you mentioned but there’s a lot of other bills on there.”
Therefore, he put the focus on some of the measures other than voting reforms. Abbott went on to address the issue of the quorum. “Then, in answer to your second question, he replied, yes. There is something the governor can, in fact, do,” Abbott said. Directly, he went ahead and bluntly responded. “First of all, I can tell you what the House of Representatives can do. Moreover, what the speaker can do is issue a call forth to have these members arrested.”
Special Sessions on Repeat
“Then, in addition to that, however, I can and I will continue to call a special session after special session after special session. That will be all the way up until the election next year. Moreover, so if these people want to be hanging out wherever. As well as them hanging out on this taxpayer-paid junket, they, moreover, are going to have to be preparing to do it for well over a year,” the governor said.
“Next, as soon as they come back in the state of Texas, they will be arrested. Finally, they will have to stay inside the Texas Capitol until they get their job done. Everybody who has a job has show up to do that job. State representatives have that same responsibility.”