Jul 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Texas speaker signs first warrant for Democratic lawmaker who fled state to block voting bill

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Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R) has signed a warrant for the arrest of a Democratic legislator who fled the state earlier this month to prevent Republicans from passing new voting restrictions, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The warrant, signed Sunday, is the first against the lawmakers. It directs law enforcement to take state Rep. Philip Cortez into custody after he returns to Austin. It's unlikely to be carried out immediately because it cannot be enforced outside of Texas, per the Post.

What they're saying: "This past week I attempted to work with Republican leadership to reach a resolution to HB 3," Cortez said, per the Post.

  • “I owe a duty to my constituents to do everything I can to stop this harmful legislation."
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