Listen to the audio below for the full interview with Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes.
The Third Special Session of the Texas Legislature has ended and to date there do not appear to be any plans for the Fourth Special Session. Of course, there is some disagreement on the need for a fourth special session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called for a fourth special session on Wednesday, but the governor made it clear through a spokesperson that now is not the time for another special session.
Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes joined the Chad Hasty Show on Wednesday to share his thoughts on the Special Sessions and their accomplishments.
Hughes discussed the redistribution and the process that followed and also spoke about voter integrity legislation that was passed but became controversial among Republicans after the Texas House and Senate voted for approve the bill with reduced penalties for illegal voting. According to Hughes, the House proposed it as an amendment that the Senate just “missed”. Hughes said this should not negatively impact the lawsuits.
This one passed us. And I don’t know what else to say. It’s embarassing. We should have caught it. The good news is that this charge of illegal voting, the GA tells us that no one is just accused of illegal voting. It’s illegal voting plus fraud and other charges. The good news, then, is that it shouldn’t lead to a lawsuit.
Hughes went on to say that the practical effect is not great, but admitted that passing a strong bill but weakening the punishment sends the “wrong message”. Hughes says this needs to be fixed in the future.
Listen to the full interview with Texas State Senator Bryan Hughes above.