When SB 14 (Voter I. D. bill) was taken up on the floor of the House today, a point of order occurred; and the bill had to be sent back to the Select Committee on Voter I. D. and Voter Fraud. The point of order was raised by Rep. Armando Martinez (D-Weslaco) and upheld by House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio.) The House rules say that the content of a bill must be the same as found in the bill analysis. In this case, there was a discrepancy in wording between “six business days” in the bill analysis while the bill itself says “six days” to provide a photo I. D. after casting a provisional ballot.
As I understand it at this hour of 9:35 P. M., SB 14 has already gone back to committee (Select Committee on Voter I. D. and Voter Fraud) and is now waiting to be rescheduled by the Calendars Committee (http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Actions.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=SB14). I have been told that the Voter I. D. bill (SB 14) should come to the floor of the House by this Wednesday or Thursday.
Because of the 101 Republican House members, there seems to be a strong likelihood that SB 14 will be passed. Amendments may, however, be added when the bill next comes up on the House floor.
Rep. Van Taylor has an amendment that would strengthen SB 14 by instituting a one-time verification of I. D. and citizenship by the Department of Public Safety and the Secretary of State. Without this amendment, the Voter I. D. bill if passed as presently worded would have no effective way to ensure that only legal’s are allowed to get voter I. D.’s.