The Republican speaker of the House in Texas has officially signed the civil warrant for the arrest of state Rep. Philip Cortez, a Democrat who went back to Washington, D.C. on Sunday in an effort to try and block legislation concerning election reform, championed by the GOP, from being approved by state lawmakers.
It is unlikely that Speaker Dade Phelan’s warrant will have any impact since law enforcement in Texas does not have any jurisdiction outside of the state itself.
Texas Democrats ran to Washington in order to break the state House quorum in order to avoid losing any votes during a special session.
More than 50 Democrat House lawmakers from Texas fled to the nation’s capital in mid-July to temporarily block efforts to pass election reform measures in the state and staying through Aug. 7
The action was taken to keep the Texas House from a two-thirds quorum in order to keep the Legislature from passing a number of bills, particularly Republican-backed election reform measures.
Cortez had returned to Austin, Texas, saying he wanted to try to negotiate changes in the controversial bill, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The Tribune went on to say that he had come back to Austin to engage in “good faith dialogue.”
However, on Sunday, Cortez stated that talks have “not produced progress,” and then he returned back to Washington.
“As a condition of being granted permission to temporarily leave the House floor, Rep. Cortez promised his House colleagues that he would return,” the speaker went on to say. “Instead, he fled the state.”
These folks are desperate to ensure that election reform doesn’t happen because if it does, well, it will prevent them from using any kind of dirty tricks during the next elections. These Democrats need to return home and face the music for violating the law.