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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.

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