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Austin Judge Signs Order To Block Arrests Of Democrats Who Refuse To Return To Texas Capitol For Special Session

A state district judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking the arrest of House Democrats who have broken quorum, paving the way for those who remain outside the state to return home without threat of arrest.

Texas State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, dean of the Texas House of Representatives, speaks as Democratic members of the Texas legislature hold a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The Democrats left Austin to deprive the Legislature of a quorum as they try to kill a Republican bill making it harder to vote in the Lone Star State.

The House did not reach a quorum on Saturday and will gavel in for session Monday at 4 p.m.

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