The Texas House of Representatives has passed an election integrity bill that Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is expected to sign into law, according to Breitbart News.
SB 7 still has a few hurdles to pass, however, as it’s going into committee to try and merge the versions that were passed by the House and Senate into one bill that is accepted by all.
KHOU reported that “The first vote on a pared down version [of SB 7] came early Friday after a long day of debate. . . Republicans amended the bill to nix a provision that would’ve required people assisting voters to disclose the reason a voter might need help — even if for medical reasons.
“That measure raised concerns among advocates for people with disabilities that it could violate the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.”
The debate over election integrity bills has been rampant among both Republicans and Democrats following the suspicion shrouding the 2020 election results. Republicans have been pushing stricter security measures, which has prompted Democrats to cry “racism” in response.
While Texas’ bill still includes some controversial topics, it’s a step toward the kind of integrity that would allow conservatives to once again regain confidence in the election system, if done correctly.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX-21) sent a letter on Wednesday, “to Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and two influential state legislators encouraging them to pass election integrity legislation currently under consideration in the Texas State Legislature that includes several specific safeguards.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) weighed in writing a Facebook post on Friday that said, “Today, the Texas House passed SB 7 on second reading, a bill to safeguard our elections in Texas, despite immense pressure from woke corporations and the liberal media,”.
Cruz concluded by saying, “The bill protects the voting rights of 29 million Texans and would make our elections in Texas more accessible and more secure. When Texans go to cast a vote, that vote should count. I am grateful for the Republicans and the Leadership in the Texas House and Senate who have been leading the fight to protect the integrity of our elections in Texas, and I hope that this bill becomes law.”