One of the Texas Democratic lawmakers who fled the special session called in an effort to obstruct an election integrity bill is unfazed by the possibility of her arrest.
Gov. Greg Abbott warned the absentee legislators that they’ll be apprehended upon their return and the state House voted to authorize the arrests, but Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Dallas) is staying the course with her colleagues in Washington, D.C.
“Governors are not God,” Crockett tweeted on July 13. “Greg Abbott can threaten me and my fellow House Democrats all he wants — but we remain undeterred.”
The rookie lawmaker is among the more than 50 Democrats who flew to the nation’s capital on July 12, essentially depriving the Texas Republicans a quorum for Senate Bill 1.
It is the second time in more than a month Crockett and her party mates staged a walkout, with this one having led to a 1,600-mile sojourn eastward, NBC News reported.
SB 1, which was authored by State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) relates “to election integrity and security, including by preventing fraud in the conduct of elections in this state, increasing criminal penalties, creating criminal offenses and providing civil penalties.”
Hughes and his Republican colleagues assert SB 1 is necessary to secure future elections in the Lone Star State while Democrats claim the measure disenfranchises black and brown voters.
NBC News reported that the legislators in Austin hope to run the clock out on the special session while they advocate for federal voting legislation.
The special session, which Abbott called to mostly focus on voting security, is slated to adjourn on Aug. 7.
Aside from telling the legislators who fled that they face potential arrest, Abbott said he’s able to call as many special sessions as he can until the 2022 general election, KVUE reported.