It seems that “I have the right not to be arrested” turned to “We’re coming back to Texas” after over a month of Texas Democrats holdouts. With two weeks left to pass bills and added redistricting, it’s unclear what shenanigans are left for the Texas House Democrats.
The return gives Texas the required voting it needs to pass Senate Bill 1. Democrats don’t hold the majority, so they’re at the mercy of Republicans, which won’t get them anywhere.
Andrew Murr (R-TX) said, “We’re picking up right where we left off from, and so those changes are yet to come,” speaking about amendments that would be added to the bill on the House floor. While Republicans aren’t very willing to change the account, some alterations may happen while deliberation occurs. The bill has voiced constant concerns from voting activist groups, making it more difficult for minority voters and voters with disabilities to vote. Still, no portion of the bill excludes anyone from voting. The statement essentially reinforces integrity for poll watchers, security footage, and mail-in ballots. If identification is the issue, then Democrats can save their breath. The idea that minorities can’t get identification is absurd and racist.
Democrats have an insatiable ability to call for equal rights for minorities but often give them special privileges as a way to grant them immunity to suppression. Everyone is equal, everyone can get identification, and everyone knows how to do it or quickly find out. Driver’s license and identification isn’t a new concept that just started in the 2020 election, and it’s been around for a long time.
With Texas being one of the largest and most populated states in the country, redistricting will pose a challenge for Democrats and Republicans. While both would prefer a favorable redistricting, they’re going to have to come to terms with each of the party’s wishes to move forward in such a short time frame. Democrats have to realize that their minority position in the Texas House doesn’t give them a good advantage. At the same time, they attempt to satisfy their voting base.
A social media bill should pass that restricts social media platforms from restricting speech on their platform. James Frank, Texas District 69, said, “If you’re an open platform, you have to say at least what is acceptable and what is unacceptable. Then if they ban you, you have to provide the user a reason that they were banned. Like how they violate that, and they should have a complaint or appeals process.”
It’s entertaining that the federal government can team with social media platforms and flag misinformation, but the state of Texas protecting free speech is a problem? If you open Pandora’s box on governmental involvement regarding social media platforms, expect it to be the entire government, not just what you want. Facebook, Twitter, and Google should buckle up and expect the lawsuits to pour in when they violate each state’s law. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump has a pending lawsuit against social media platforms because they removed him. More current, Twitter allowed the Taliban to have social media accounts even after Trump was banned.
Texas’s fight for voter integrity, bail reform, and social media guidance may seem like an uphill battle, and the dispute may not be over. Democrats are expected to stay in Texas and vote, but another mass exit may occur. Either way, Republicans have work to do.