Abbott and Patrick at Odds Over the Necessity of a Fourth Special Session

On Wednesday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took to Twitter to urge Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to call yet another special legislative session.

He specifically requested that re-increasing the penalty for illegal voting and election forensic audit legislation be added to an agenda for consideration.

On Wednesday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took to Twitter to urge Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to call yet another special legislative session.

He specifically requested that re-increasing the penalty for illegal voting and election forensic audit legislation be added to an agenda for consideration.
 
In the recently concluded special legislative session, the Legislature failed to address some of the items on Abbott’s agenda. These included things like a re-increase of the penalty for illegal voting and a prohibition on employer vaccine mandates, items later added to the agenda while the special session was already underway.

Re-Increase of the Penalty for Illegal Voting

Shortly after the third special session began, conservative grassroots activists highlighted an amendment that was accepted onto the election integrity legislation that passed in the second special session. The amendment lowered the penalty for illegal voting offenses from second-degree felonies to Class A misdemeanors.
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