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With Democrats back, Texas GOP pushes ahead with voting bill

Texas House Democrats wave to supporters gathered on the south steps of the Capitol in Austin, Texas Friday, May 16, 2003. The Democrats, who have been in Oklahoma since Monday in order to prevent quorum in the House and stop a controversial redistricting bill, were welcomed home after their arrival early Friday morning. AP

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Republicans are bringing back their voting bill with no changes as some Democrats returned to the Capitol for the first time since ending their holdout.

It was clear during a House hearing Monday that the bill is on track to become law after Democrats’ 38-day walkout.

Dozens of people showed up to testify before lawmakers to seize their last chance for public input on the the bill that will tighten voting rules in ways the GOP says will ensure election integrity and that Democrats say amounts to voter suppression for disabled people and minorities.

But even Texas residents and activists acknowledged the end of a losing battle is likely drawing near.

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