The Texas Supreme Court denied a petition from Democrat lawmakers to restore their pay following collective demonstrations.
The court’s response read, “It appears from the record of the special session that they could have restored Article X funding for the Legislature had they been present to vote to do so. They have chosen to continue to absent themselves in order to prevent passage of voting legislation.” In conclusion, the court determined, “This political dispute within the legislative branch is not an issue of separation of powers that we can decide. For these reasons, the petition for writ of mandamus is denied.”
Republican Governor Greg Abbott warned the lawmakers that he would cut funding for the Legislature, thereby cutting salaries, he also warned of arrest after returning to the state. In July, Texas House members fled Austin and headed to Washington, DC in a continued effort to block controversial election legislation.
In May, Democrat lawmakers pulled the same move, again preventing the House from meeting its required voting quorum. Upon the demonstration, Governor Abbott said, “Their constituents must not be denied these important resources simply because their elected representative refused to show up for work.” However, with large organizations such as the NAACP behind them, Democrat lawmakers are likely to be in good hands with or without their pay.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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