GOP voting bills advance in Texas House and Senate after overnight committee hearings

The second round of the Texas voting bill fight kicked off with haste this weekend as Republicans worked to rapidly push through new restrictions in overnight hearings. Just a few days into a 30-day special legislative session, a Texas House committee voted early Sunday morning to advance a revived GOP-backed bill that would bring back many of the proposals that failed to pass in the spring. A panel of Senate lawmakers is expected to follow suit later in the day following a lengthy public hearing on its version of the legislation that played out Saturday afternoon into the night. The votes from the Republican-majority committees will put the bills on a path to be voted on by the full chamber this week. Alexa Ura and Cassandra Pollock, The Texas Tribune. 

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