March 25, 2021      1:34 PM
Updated: Elections Chair Cain retreats on HB6, the omnibus elections bill, canceling hearing for now
It appears Chairman Cain created a lethal point of order on the bill by not stating a time certain for the committee to return from a lunch recess. The fix for that is to reschedule the hearing and start over
After a serious procedural error, Texas House Elections
Chair Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, canceled the hearing for his House
Bill 6, the omnibus election reform bill opposed by Democrats and
voting rights groups and considered a top Republican priority.
Chair Cain recessed the committee for lunch after a brief
standoff with Democrats.
After facing questions from Representatives Michelle
Beckley of Carrollton and John Bucy of
Austin, Vice Chair Jessica González, D-Dallas, who was presiding over
the committee as Cain laid out his bill, recognized Criminal
Jurisprudence Chair Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth.
While Collier is not on the committee, it is of course
common for non-committee members to be able to ask questions.