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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