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Gingersnap
11-09-2010, 10:39 AM
THE 82ND LEGISLATURE
LAWMAKER CAMPS OUT FOR 2 BILLS
HOT-BUTTON ISSUES: Riddle gets priority status for voter ID, immigration in next session

By GARY SCHARRER
AUSTIN BUREAU
Nov. 8, 2010, 11:28PM

AUSTIN State Rep. Debbie Riddle camped out and endured "creepy" noises inside the cold, empty Capitol to be first in line Monday morning to file legislation targeting illegal immigration and ballot security.

The Tomball Republican said she remained outside the House chamber for two days because of the importance of getting priority bill numbers assigned to the two hot-button issues.

House Bill 16 would require voters to present photo identification or two forms of non-photo identification before they are allowed to cast ballots.

House Bill 17 is similar to Arizona's controversial immigration law. It would allow law enforcement officers to charge an immigrant who lacks proper documentation and already is detained on another charge with criminal trespass - a Class B misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $2,000 and maximum jail time of six months.

Both issues are part of the Republican Party of Texas platform but have failed to pass in recent legislative sessions.

However, with election results transforming what had been a narrow, 76-74 Republican advantage in the state House to a whopping 99-51 margin, Riddle expects favorable treatment for both bills.

"We better. Otherwise, the citizens of Texas are going to be pretty outraged - and you ain't seen nothing yet," Riddle said Monday.

Democratic leaders said Riddle's immigration bill would result in the same litigation that has tied up the Arizona law and drained millions of dollars from the state's coffers.

Riddle got the lowest bill numbers available after House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, as is custom, reserved the first 15 bill numbers for priority legislation, including the budget bill.

Low bill numbers do not ensure passage, but they are easy to remember and usually get early committee hearings, she said.

Chron (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7285751.html)

Odysseus
11-09-2010, 10:54 AM
Democratic leaders said Riddle's immigration bill would result in the same litigation that has tied up the Arizona law and drained millions of dollars from the state's coffers.

Chron (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7285751.html)

This argument cracks me up. "We oppose the bill because other people who also oppose the bill for the same reasons that we do, but who are willing to actually state it, will sue over it." This makes it sound like they'd support the bill if it weren't for those nasty, litigious activists.

Now, let's just say, hypothetically, that the Arizona bill prevails in court. Does that mean that the Democrats who opposed this bill will support it because it will no longer have the threat of legal action hanging over it?

megimoo
11-09-2010, 03:10 PM
This argument cracks me up. "We oppose the bill because other people who also oppose the bill for the same reasons that we do, but who are willing to actually state it, will sue over it." This makes it sound like they'd support the bill if it weren't for those nasty, litigious activists.

Now, let's just say, hypothetically, that the Arizona bill prevails in court. Does that mean that the Democrats who opposed this bill will support it because it will no longer have the threat of legal action hanging over it?The Democrats will oppose it because they can't win without rampant voter fraud !

m00
11-09-2010, 10:37 PM
I guess it's necessary. But the cynic in me thinks that a lot of passport applications will get "lost in the mail" around election season, especially if you are white and from a southern state.