Texas Governor Greg Abbott just got some great news from the Texas Supreme Court after the court ruled that the Dems who fled the state to avoid a voting law can be arrested.
According to the emergency motion, Democrats who refuse to show up for the Legislature can be detained by law enforcement. They could be frogmarched back to the state Capitol as well after the Texas Supreme Court overturned a state district judge’s temporary restraining order that prevented the arrests of the Dem lawmakers.
The high court’s order came after Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan petitioned the court to overturn the ruling by a Travis County district judge blocking the GOP from ordering the arrest of the Democrats. The House Democrats have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to respond to the order.
“The Supreme Court of Texas swiftly rejected this dangerous attempt by Texas Democrats to undermine our Constitution and avoid doing the job they were elected to do,” said Renae Eze, an Abbott spokeswoman. “We look forward to the Supreme Court upholding the rule of law and stopping another stall tactic by the Texas Democrats.”
Democratic State Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio, Gina Hinojosa of Austin and Jasmine Crockett of Dallas, said:
“It is no surprise that Republican Governor Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan want to arrest their political opponents. Thankfully, this is still the United States of America. We will defend the freedom to vote, and we look forward to our temporary injunction hearing on August 20th.”
“There’s no way in hell I’m going to that House floor while I’ve got the protection of a judge’s order,” State Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, said.
From The Texas Tribune:
The state also argued that the Supreme Court’s action is warranted because the House speaker is immune from suits for legislative acts.
“Compelling the attendance of absent members by the House is a quintessential legislative act,” the state’s motion read, adding that Urrutia’s “hasty” order “ignores this fundamental principle.”
The state also argued that the House Democrats’ claims are “quintessential political questions” that lie beyond a court’s power to decide. The House’s rules allow for present members to compel the attendance of missing lawmakers, and at least 41 other states have similar provisions in their constitutions, the motion read.
In a response, lawyers for the House Democrats who received the temporary restraining order said the state sought an order that will free it to “to forcibly arrest political opponents who have committed no crime.”
Unlike other states, whose rules only require the presence of a majority of members to reach quorum, Texas requires a two-thirds supermajority “because the framers of the Texas Constitution prioritized high levels of participation and consensus-building in legislative decision making, even if it increased the costs of the process and the possibility that the process could deadlock,” the Democrats’ lawyers argued.
“In other words, the architects of the Texas government fully expected, and even encouraged, the power of a cohesive minority of members to ‘bust the quorum’ as a means of participation in the decision-making process,” their response read, adding that the Democrats were “acting like true Texans.”
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) August 10, 2021
Texas Supreme Court halts ruling that protected Democrats from arrest in voting rights standoff https://t.co/AKhkJSKFCQ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 10, 2021
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked the state’s Supreme Court in an emergency motion filed on Tuesday to overturn a ruling made by a district judge that bars them from ordering the arrest of Democrat representatives who are breaking quorum in the lower chamber. https://t.co/bYHbzH2r7z
— Newsmax (@newsmax) August 10, 2021
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