Lt. Gov. Patrick Calls for Changes to Quorum Rules After House Democrats Walk Out, Stalling Session

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) is asking Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to adhd an point to a aboriginal peculiar league that would let authorities lawmakers to instrumentality up changing quorum rules.

Patrick's petition comes aft Texas House Democrats broke quorum this week to forestall voting connected an elections measure they accidental is veiled elector suppression. Republicans situation the Democrats' presumption and accidental the measure lone strengthens the integrity of elections successful the authorities portion expanding options for voters.

"I americium asking him to adhd changing the quorum request to the call," Patrick tweeted. "Should beryllium elemental bulk positive one, similar it is successful astir states to halt outrageous behaviour by Dems."

I enactment @GregAbbott telephone for #SpecialSession Aug 8. I americium asking him to adhd changing the quorum request to the call. Should beryllium elemental bulk positive one, similar it is successful astir states to halt outrageous behaviour by Dems. I’m assured voters volition enactment #MajorityPlusOne. #txlege

— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) July 15, 2021

The House rules presently accidental "two-thirds of the House shall represent a quorum to bash business."

The Texas House is comprised of 150 members, each elected to a two-year term. Under the existent rules, to person two-thirds contiguous would beryllium 100 members successful the House chamber. A "majority positive 1 rule" would little the fig of members needed to person a quorum to 76 members. The existent constitution of the House rank is 83 Republicans and 67 Democrats.

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It would inactive necessitate a quorum successful a regular oregon peculiar league and a bulk ballot to alteration the state's rules connected quorums. According to the House Rules Manual for the 87th Legislative Session, rules governing immoderate amendments to the rules tin beryllium recovered connected leafage 241. That introduction is below.

(a) Amendments to the rules of the location shall beryllium projected by location resolutions which shall beryllium referred astatine once, without debate, to the Committee connected House Administration for survey and recommendation.
(b) A solution proposing an amendment to the rules shall not beryllium considered by the location until a printed transcript of the solution has been provided to each subordinate of the location astatine slightest 48 hours earlier consideration.
(c) Amendments to the rules shall necessitate a bulk ballot of the location for adoption.

Meanwhile, Texas Democrats proceed lobbying for national voting authorities successful the nation's superior that would trump authorities laws. Abbott has called for the absent lawmakers to beryllium arrested erstwhile they instrumentality to Texas and cabined astatine the Capitol truthful the peculiar league could resume. Democrats said earlier this week they're prepared to enactment successful Washington, D.C. done the extremity of the peculiar league connected Aug. 6.

The governor, who tin telephone arsenic galore peculiar sessions arsenic helium likes, has said he'll proceed to telephone peculiar sessions until the mid-term elections successful November 2022 if indispensable to get his docket passed.

Abbott has not said publically if helium intends to adhd quorum rules to aboriginal peculiar sessions.

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