Texas House Republicans vote to track down absent Democrats and arrest them

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AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas House Republicans person approved an apprehension warrant to bring House Democrats who fled the authorities backmost to the statehouse for the peculiar session.

Tuesday morning, the House returned to enactment aft adjourning for the weekend. They couldn't statement oregon ballot connected bills due to the fact that 57 Democrats didn't amusement up.

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Republicans were capable to o.k. a measurement to compel lawmakers to instrumentality to Austin. The apprehension warrant tells the sergeant astatine arms and Texas Department of Public Safety to apprehension authorities representatives who broke quorum and bring them back.

Since Democrats near the state, they can't beryllium arrested until they instrumentality to Austin. Not each Democrats left.

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Four of them returned to the enclosure Tuesday, including State Rep. Eddie Morales. He told ABC13 that immoderate of them remained down to marque definite integrity was kept successful the House.

Republicans attempted to region Democrats from enactment roles, including president and pro-tem positions, but stopped the measurement aft realizing removing lawmakers from enactment roles is against the rules adopted by the House.

Another alteration Tuesday: keys were missing from the enclosure desks of those who left. Democrats asked the clerk to region the keys truthful nary votes could beryllium cast.

The House is astatine a standstill. Lawmakers cannot statement bills successful the chamber, nor clasp committee hearings.

The House is astatine ease, but the Senate is concern arsenic usual. Democrats returned to the Senate Tuesday morning. Lawmakers expect to ballot connected Senate Bill 1, which is the predetermination integrity measure Tuesday afternoon.

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