Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan signed civil arrest warrants on Tuesday for 52 Democrats who fled the state to block Republican colleagues from passing legislation.
The Texas House voted 80-12 to issue the warrants, the Dallas Morning News reported. The warrants for the lawmakers’ arrests “will be delivered to the House Sergeant-at-Arms tomorrow morning for service” Enrique Marquez, a spokesperson for Phelan, said Tuesday, according to the Texas Tribune.
Rep. Lyle Larson of San Antonio, voted against issuing the warrants. “Have we got to the point where we believe our own bull shizz so much that we arrest our own colleagues. Civil discourse took a nasty turn today,” he tweeted. The warrants are expected to be delivered to the House Sergeant-at-arms Wednesday morning.
“The 52 warrants represent all but 15 Democrats in the lower chamber,” the Texas Tribune reported. “There were at least 11 present Tuesday. There were no additional new Democrats on the floor Tuesday after four returned a day earlier — and drew the wrath of some Democratic colleagues still in Washington, and prompted a renewed push inside the party to hold the line.”
Rep. Chris Turner, argued Tuesday that it is “fully within our rights as legislators to break quorum to protect our constituents.” “Texas House Democrats are committed to fighting with everything we have against Republicans’ attacks on our freedom to vote,” he said in a statement.
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