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Update: Changes Suggested to Voter ID Bill

On March 1, the House Select Committee on Voter Identification and Voter Fraud heard SB 14 by Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), the bill that would require most voters to show a photo ID.

Rep. Patricia Harless (R-Houston) offered a substitute to the bill. The most consequential difference was the elimination of Section 25 in SB 14 that states, “The Act does not make an appropriation. This Act takes effect only if a specific appropriation for the implementation of the Act is provided in a general appropriations act of the 82nd Legislature.”

Additional changes included further clarification to the acceptable forms of photo identification, additional requirements regarding disability exemptions and Texas Legislative Council technical changes.

SB 14 was left pending in committee subject to the call of the chair.