March 14, 2017      9:14 AM
Tweaks to voter ID law head to full Senate
Huffman carefully dodged the idea of a friendly amendment with any of MALDEF’s suggested remedies
Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, rolled out a revised
version of the state’s Voter ID law, tweaked to address a legal
challenge that has bounced between a federal court and the Fifth Circuit.
U.S. District Judge Nelda Gonzalez Ramos ruled the
Texas Voter ID law, passed in 2011, had undermined minority voting rights. The
Fifth Circuit upheld that ruling, but sent the case back to Ramos to determine
another prong: whether the law was passed for discriminatory intent.
That aspect of the legal challenge was heard in Ramos’
court at the end
of February, and a ruling is expected sometime in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, Huffman has filed Senate Bill 5, which incorporates
solutions to many of the suggestions of Ramos’ initial 2014 opinion.
By Kimberly Reeves