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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

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