What It Means To Break Quorum And What You Need To Know About The Texas House Democrats’ Dramatic Departure

What It Means To Break Quorum And What You Need To Know About The Texas House Democrats’ Dramatic Departure

What does it mean to break quorum?

What happens if there aren’t enough members present?

Can the Senate still vote as a full chamber?

What recourse is there when a quorum is intentionally broken?

Can members who fled the state be arrested?

What’s in the voting legislation that Democrats oppose?

Why did Texas Democrats choose Washington, D.C., as their destination?

Is there precedent for Texas lawmakers walking out to block legislation?

How are Republicans portraying Democrats’ recent decampment to Washington, D.C.?

How have prominent Democrats reacted?

This article was written by FARAH ELTOHAMY  of The Texas Tribune.  The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  This article originally appeared at:https://www.texastribune.org/2021/07/14/texas-democrats-walkout-quorum/