Democratic lawmakers in Texas are fleeing in private jets to Washington D.C. to stymy election integrity bills. They could stay out of town for thirty days which is as long as the special session lasts. However, Texas law calls for the arrest of legislators who flee rather than attend the special session. What needs to be done is to arrest the estimated 58 lawmakers who flee the state or just refuse t5o join the session.
You have to wonder why so many legislators can afford to go to Washington for thirty days. But, there is a way to get at them. Gov Greg Abbott could call for a new special session to begin the day this one ends. Sooner or later they can not afford to stay out of the state. If they do no0t come back during the second session then do a third one at the end of the second session. The moment they come home, arrest them.
You could send the Texas Rangers to Washington to arrest them and fly them home to a nice comfortable jail cell complete with a camera and open-faced toilets. Allow them one hour a day to exercise like the feds are doing with their political prisoners.
The two bills slated for a vote are House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 1 will add new ID requirements for mail-in voting and ban some early voting. Texas currently has over 500 cases of voter fraud pending with another 368 cases being investigated.
NBC News reported:
With Republican-backed voting bills moving rapidly through a special session of the state Legislature, Texas Democrats are planning to make a break for it — again.
At least 58 Democratic members of the state House of Representatives are expected to bolt from Austin on Monday to block the measures from advancing, a source familiar with the plans told NBC News. The unusual move, akin to what Democrats did in 2003, would paralyze the chamber, stopping business until the lawmakers return to town or the session ends.
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The lawmakers risk arrest in taking flight. Under the Texas Constitution, the Legislature requires a quorum of two-thirds of lawmakers is present to conduct state business in either chamber. Absent lawmakers can be legally compelled to return to the Capitol, and the source said Democrats expect state Republicans to ask the Department of Public Safety to track them down.
To block the currently pending legislation, the Democratic lawmakers would have to remain away through the end of the special session, which can last as many as 30 days under the state’s constitution.