Texas House Speaker Issues Warrant for Fleeing Dem’s Arrest

After a Texas Democrat state representative returned to Austin from Washington D.C., where he and other Texas Democrats had flown in order to break the quorum in the House to stop the Texas GOP from passing voting bills, the Republican Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives signed a civil warrant for his arrest.

The Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Dade Phelan, issued the civil warrant for the arrest of state Rep. Philip Cortez from San Antonio. Phelan wrote:

To the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives of the State of Texas, or any officer appointed by him: you are hereby commanded to take The Honorable Philip Cortez, a Member of the House of Representatives of the State of Texas, who is now absent from the House, wherever said Member may be found in the State, into your custody and safekeeping and bring said Member before the bar of the House instanter, this writ being issued under a duly-adopted order of the House pursuant to Article III, Section 10, Texas Constitution, made in exercise of its lawful powers to compel the attendance of absent members in the manner provided under the House Rules of Procedure. Herein fail not, but make due return hereof to this House.

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