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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sued by state Dems for vetoing their pay after election invoice walkout

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Texas Democrats sued Gov. Greg Abbott after he vetoed funds to pay them after they walked out of a vote on election safety laws, denying Republicans the quorum to cross the invoice. 

Abbott mentioned those that “give up their job early” shouldn’t be paid. 

Texas Democrats walked off the ground simply earlier than midnight on Might 31 to disclaim quorum wanted to vote on Senate Invoice 7, which might impose a slew of election modifications, in common session. The dramatic transfer landed them an invite to the White Home from Vice President Kamala Harris. 

Abbott has known as lawmakers again for a particular session set to start July eight to strive once more at passing the invoice. 

“Texans don’t run from a legislative battle, and so they don’t stroll away from unfinished enterprise,” Abbott mentioned in an announcement when he vetoed the portion of the state finances that funds the legislative department final week. “Funding shouldn’t be offered for individuals who give up their job early, leaving their state with unfinished enterprise and exposing taxpayers to greater prices for an extra legislative session. I due to this fact object to and disapprove of those appropriations.”

ABBOTT VETOES FUNDING FOR STATE LEGISLATURE AMID FLAP OVER ELECTION BILL 

Democrats took their case straight to the Texas Supreme Courtroom and known as the veto an unconstitutional energy seize. It’s not but clear when the courtroom will take up the lawsuit. 

The veto of $400 million in funding additionally denied pay to Republican legislators, in addition to help employees across the Capitol. 

“Governor Abbott’s veto is an try and coerce, and thereby direct, how the Legislature discharges its features — far exceeding the standard mechanism of the veto as a verify on legislative extra,” the Democrats’ petition says, based on Texas Tribune. 

State Rep. Chris Turner, D, mentioned he was extra involved about supporting employees’s paychecks, as lawmakers solely make about $600 per thirty days in Texas plus $221 day by day the Legislature is in session for each common and particular periods.

Abbott’s veto is for the two-year state finances that begins Sept. 1. The problem might be resolved subsequent month earlier than the finances takes impact when lawmakers return for particular session. 

TEXAS HOUSE DEMS BLOCK VOTING BILL 

Abbott spokeswoman Renae Eze mentioned Democrats’ claims concerning the veto had been deceptive. 

This isn’t the primary time, and undoubtedly won’t be the final time, {that a} governor vetoes funding for presidency positions and salaries,” she mentioned.

“The Structure protects the legislative department, and because the Democrats nicely know, their positions, their powers, and their salaries are protected by the Structure,” Eze mentioned. “They will proceed to legislate regardless of the veto.”

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If enacted, the invoice would increase the authority of partisan ballot watchers, enact bans on 24-hour and drive-thru voting, and enhance penalties for election staff who violate protocols.

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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