The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday voided a lower court’s order that restricted Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan’s authorization to arrest and detain state Democrats who fled the state in July to block a GOP-backed voting overhaul bill.
The high court issued a stay of Travis County State District Judge Brad Urrutia’s order, giving Democrats until Thursday to issue a court filing in response.
Phelan and Gov. Greg Abbott, both Republicans, had asked the court to overturn the order by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. They had asked the Texas Supreme Court to overturn Urrutia’s order, arguing that he stopped them from exercising their constitutional authority to arrest and detain the lawmakers who broke quorum.
AND THE DRAMA CONTINUES.