Texas GOP Decries Criminal Appeals Court Ruling on Election Fraud Prosecution
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With some county attorneys across the state either hesitant or outright dismissive of prosecuting election fraud, that leaves the bill’s future in question. The legislation granted the state attorney general specific authority to prosecute those allegations, but it was ruled a violation of the separation of powers by the court.
The Texas legislature’s marquee legislation from 2021, the Election Integrity Act of 2021, is at risk after the Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that only county district attorneys may prosecute election fraud allegations.
This week, the Republican Party of Texas released a terse statement criticizing the ruling and backing the attorney general’s authority.
Being the highest judicial authority on criminal matters, the court’s decision is final.
“This decision is bad for Texas. Now, Texans will be forced to rely on their local prosecutors to investigate and prosecute election fraud,” the statement read. “This most likely means large urban areas and liberal strong holds will have no recourse to pursue election fraud.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the court to reconsider its ruling. The party echoed this request, saying, “The Republican Party of Texas supports the motion for a rehearing and hopes the Court reverses this radical decision that undermines years of precedent and the will of the legislature.”
Joan Huffman to Chair Senate Finance Committee Lt. Governor Dan Patrick tapped Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) to take over the powerful Senate Finance Committee that will be vacant with current chair Sen. Jane Nelson’s (R-Flower Mound) retirement.
“When Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, decided to not run for re-election, I immediately began thinking about who I would name as the next Finance Chair,” Patrick said in a release. “The position of Finance Chair is one of the most powerful positions in the Senate. That person, along with the Senate Committee on Finance, oversees the budget of the 9th largest economy in the world.” “After much thought and consideration, I have decided to name Sen. Joan Huffman to the position.”
Huffman has been in the Texas Senate since 2008, when she beat Chris Bell in a special election. “As Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, I will lead the effort with the help of my Senate colleagues to pass another conservative budget that meets the needs of our growing population, encourages economic growth, and provides for public safety. Texans deserve nothing less,” Huffman said of the appointment.
List of Sheriffs That Endorsed Abbott for Re-election Last week, The Back Mic listed key endorsements in the Texas gubernatorial race. This week, Governor Greg Abbott announced the endorsement of over 50 sheriffs of the 254 across the state. They are listed below:
In 2021, the Texas legislature approved a $248.5 billion budget for the 2022-2023 biennium, along with a stronger spending increase cap. Huffman took over the chair position on Wednesday of this week.