On Sunday night, with just hours left for the Texas House to give its final approval to legislation, Democrats left the chamber and busted the quorum.

By doing so, they were able to kill multiple bills in the process, including a high-profile omnibus election integrity bill and a bail reform bill.

Both bills were deemed priorities of Gov. Greg Abbott in February.

In order for the House to conduct business, a quorum of two-thirds of the chamber’s members (100 out of 150) are required to be present. 

Despite being an emergency priority item that lawmakers have been allowed to address since February 1, Senate Bill 7—election integrity legislation that has been the target of Democrats nationwide—was scheduled to finally be passed on Sunday afternoon, just hours away from the midnight deadline.

As debate began, Democrat members started to leave the chamber, taking their voting keys with them. 

When a vote was taken on whether to excuse one of the members, the tally revealed that only 86 members were present in the chamber. 

The House then adjourned until 10 a.m. on Monday, without objection.

Abbott quickly took to Twitter to say election integrity, as well as bail reform, would be among the items added to a special session call. 

Although his statement lacks specifics, it appears Abbott is talking about a special session already planned for October due to redistricting, rather than a June special session called for by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in recent days.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens


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