Texas GOP Decries Criminal Appeals Court Ruling on Election Fraud Prosecution An exclusive look inside Texas politics and policy, every Friday.
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.
Being the highest judicial authority on criminal matters, the court’s decision is final.
This week, the Republican Party of Texas released a terse statement criticizing the ruling and backing the attorney general’s authority.
“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.”
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.
Joan Huffman to Chair Senate Finance Committee
“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.
Huffman took over the chair position on Wednesday of this week.
In 2021, the Texas legislature approved a $248.5 billion budget for the 2022-2023 biennium, along with a stronger spending increase cap.
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:
List of Sheriffs That Endorsed Abbott for Re-election
David Soward — Atascosa County
Alden Southmayd, III — Bee County
Don Jackson — Blanco County
Jeff Neal — Bowie County
L. Bo Stallman, II — Brazoria County
Urbino “Benny” Martinez — Brooks County
Bobbie Vickery — Calhoun County
Tam Terry — Carson County
Larry Rowe — Cass County
Brian Hawthorne — Chambers County
Michael Pigg — Childress County
Carl Bowen – DeWitt County
Mark Johnson — Fannin County
Ricky S. Jones — Franklin County
Buddy Mills — Gillespie County
Donald Sowell — Grimes County
Roy Boyd — Goliad County
Keith Schmidt — Gonzales County
Arnold Zwicke — Guadalupe County
Pat Laughery — Hardeman County
Gary Cutler — Hays County
Rodney Watson — Hill County
Arvin West — Hudspeth County
Bryan Beavers — Kaufman County
Larry Leitha — Kerr County
Richard Kirkpatrick — Kleberg County
Scott C. Cass — Lamar County
Jesus Ramos — Lampasas County
Micah C. Harmon — Lavaca County
Larry Busby — Live Oak County
David Capps — Marion County
Brad Ingram — Martin County
Emmett Shelton — McMullen County
David Criner — Midland County
Clint Hammonds — Mills County
Rand Henderson — Montgomery County
Terry Bouchard — Ochiltree County
Brent Warden — Oldham County
Brian Thomas — Potter County
Pinky Gonzales — Refugio County
Carl L. Squyres — Runnels County
Johnwayne Valdez — Rusk County
Thomas N. Maddox — Sabine County
Robert Cartwright — San Augustine County
Oscar Rivera — San Patricio County
Trey Wilson — Scurry County
Larry Smith — Smith County
Bill Waybourn — Tarrant County
Doc Wigington — Throckmorton County
Justin Marr — Victoria County
Shannon Srubar — Wharton County
Raymundo “Ray” Del Bosque, Jr. — Zapata County
Eusevio Salinas — Zavala County
News Highlights Business
- The Back Mic: Texas GOP Denounces Voter Fraud Ruling, New Senate Finance Chairman Steps In, Abbott Sheriff’s Endorsements Listed
- Check all news and articles from the Business news updates.
Disclaimer: If you need to update/edit this article then please visit our help center. For Latest Updates Follow us on Google News