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Texas House passes voting bill that lawmakers fled state to protest

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By Julia Harte (Reuters) – Texas’ House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill restricting voting access, more than six weeks after Democratic lawmakers fled the state in an effort to deny the legislature the quorum needed to approve the Republican-backed measure. The House resumed business on Aug. 19 after three of the absentee Democrats returned to the statehouse, saying they had successfully brought national attention to the Texas bill and galvanized U.S. lawmakers to move forward on federal voting rights legislation. Thursday’s vote followed hours of fiery debate, but its outcome was…

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