If Republican members of the Texas House of Representatives call for the arrest of Democrat House members who have fled the state and refuse to show up to vote on election integrity measures, they could be subject to arrest, according the state constitution, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Monday.
In a Fox News Channel interview, Gov. Abbott described the potential scenario to Host Laura Ingraham when she asked if Republicans might appeal to the Texas Supreme Court in order to compel Democrat House members to return to work.
According state law, Republican House members could issue a call for the Texas House Speaker have the rogue Democrats arrested and brought to the Capitol to do their job – but, only when and if they return to the state, Gov. Abbott explained:
“What the law is, it’s in the constitution, and that is the House – the state House of Representatives who are here in the Capitol right now – they do have the ability to issue a call to have their fellow members who are not showing up to be arrested, but only so long as that arrest is made in the state of Texas. That is why they have fled the state.
“Once they step back into the state of Texas, they will be arrested and brought to the Texas Capitol and we will be conducting business.”
On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox News that is copied verbatim from the U.S. Constitution:
“Under the Texas constitution, there’s a provision that explicitly gives the Speaker to arrest fleeing House members – that provision is copied, word for word, from the U.S. Constitution.
“And, so, this stunt is going to fail. They’re going to come back, there’s going to be a quorum, and I believe the legislature is going to do its job and protect the integrity of elections.”