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tv   Texas Legislature Holds Special Session on Voting Bills  CSPAN  July 17, 2021 12:04pm-12:16pm EDT

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and to have a conversation with you and with that i will say, see you all later to the press and let's have a good conversation. [laughter] [applause] [indistinct chatter] announcer: the texas state legislature convened a special legislative session to consider gop sponsor voting bills. during the session texas house republicans adopted a motion concerning absentee lawmakers who left the state to block the special session. [indistinct chatter] [gavel banging]
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>> the house will come to order. we came to recess friday. please rise for the honorable scott colin. >> thank you, mr. speaker. let's pray together. father, on a day like today we wonder how we should pray and we are reminded by your scripture that this is the day the lord has made. let us rejoice and be glad in it. today, father, we can rejoice and we can also, as scripture tells us, we can be in continual prayer for those we serve and to those we love. father, we are reminded -- as i am inspired by those in the chamber -- they have faithfully served their constituents in this great state.
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in your relentless pursuit of us and your faithfulness, even when we are not faithful to you, as you relentlessly pursue us ultimately by sending your son, jesus christ, for the forgiveness of sins in whose name we pray. amen. >> amen. >> the honorable stephenson will lead us in the pledge of allegiance. >> members, let us pledge allegiance to the united states. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. honor the texas flag, i pledge allegiance to thee, texas, one state under god, one and indivisible. god bless america.
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[gavel banging] >> the chair will hear excuses for absent members. the motion of mr. bell, excuse mr. peterman, excuse on the motion mr. dean, excuse mr. herrera, excuse mr. king for today and tomorrow, excuse mr. murr. [indiscernible] [bell dinging]
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all members voted. [whistle] [bell dinging] 80 ayes, 0 nays. the motion fails for lack of quorum. mr. speaker, i raise the point of order. >> under rule five, section six a quorum is not present as reflected to the votes just taken. >> based on the tally sheet, the quorum is not present and this is sustained. [gavel banging] >> mr. speaker, i moved to call the house to consider the following class of measures, submitted for consideration by the governor in his july 7 proclamation.
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>> mr. metcalf moves to consider items for consideration from the governor's proclamation. 15 seconds. all in favor vote aye. the clerk will ring the bell. [bell dinging] mr. metcalf voting aye. [gavel banging] 76 ayes, 4 nays. the motion is adopted. >> mr. speaker, i move that -- >> we recognize mr. metcalf for a motion. >> thank you. i move the sergeant at arm's where officers are appointed by him --
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[indiscernible] -- under warrant of arrest if necessary. >> the clerk will ring the bell. [bell dinging] all members voting. [gavel banging] 76 ayes, 4 nays. the motion is adopted. members, the sergeant at arms and any officers appointed by him are dissent for absentees whose attendance is not excused for the purpose of maintaining attendance. under warrant of arrest if necessary. members, while the house is under call any member who wishes to leave the hall must have the written permission of the speaker. what purpose? >> for inquiry.
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>> state your inquiry. >> motion to adjourn or call of the house and the motion incidental shall be in order is that correct? >> that is correct. >> parliamentary inquiry. >> state your inquiry. >> securing a quorum after the house is ordered is that correct? >> that is correct. >> parliamentary inquiry. >> state your inquiry. >> article three, section 10 of the texas constitution states a smaller number than quorum may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalty as each house may provide. is that also correct? >> that is correct. >> according to article three, section 10 of the texas constitution in the previously adopted motion for a call of the house i moved that as means to compel attendance as secure quorum any member names not recorded as present in the journals by wednesday, tomorrow
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at 12:00 p.m., shall be subject to the following penalties without exception and i want to make sure the people know not removing them from committees but removal of appointment to the positions of speaker pro tem, chairwoman of any committee, and vice chair of any committee. >> you cannot make the move from the back microphone. >> i will move forward, mr. speaker. >> mr. myers, for what purpose? >> parliamentary inquiry. >> state your inquiry. >> is there anyway for those members who have left the capital to conduct the business of the special session on behalf of the people of texas? >> there is not. >> parliamentary inquiry. >> state your inquiry. >> if the quorum is not present, can those who stayed in the
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capitol take up bills on the floor? >> that is not allowed. >> parliamentary inquiry. >> state your inquiry. >> can we hold committee hearings? >> we may not. >> parliamentary inquiry. >> state your inquiry. >> when will the house at the chance to debate hb-3 for the other government bills for consideration? >> that is a hypothetical inquiry but we may not conduct business until we have a quorum. >> parliamentary inquiry. >> state your inquiry. >> can you clarify, are we able to take those issues up while democrats are in washington, d.c.? >> we may not. >> parliamentary inquiry. >> state your inquiry. >> the rules were adopted by unanimous vote? >> i believe that is correct. >> parliamentary inquiry. >> state your inquiry.
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>> under those rules can committee chairs and vice chairs be removed from their positions? >> they cannot. >> thank you, mr. speaker. >> thank you mr. meyer. the house will stand at ease. [gavel banging] ♪ announcer: c-span is your unfiltered view of government. we are funded by these television companies and more including buckeye broadband. ♪ buckeye broadband supports c-span as a public service along
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