Texas Supreme Court says House Democrats can be arrested

Texas Supreme Court says House Democrats can be arrested

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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August 18, 2021

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that House Democrats can be arrested and brought back to the lower chamber in the latest attempt to restore the number of present members necessary for a quorum. 

The ruling made by the all-Republican court also directs state district judge Brad Urrutia to revoke the temporary restraining order which restricts Republican leaders from “detaining, confining or otherwise restricting” the free movement of House Democrats within the state or issuing any warrants ordering their confinement.

“The legal question before this Court concerns only whether the Texas Constitution gives the House of Representatives the authority to physically compel the attendance of absent members,” Justice Jimmy Blacklock ruled. “We conclude that it does, and we therefore direct the district court to withdraw the TRO.”

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at [email protected]
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