Updated September 3, 2019 14:29:24 A Texas lawmaker says his state will not apply the same tax credit to the purchase of a car, a home, a business, or a farm if the person doesn’t have the necessary ID.
The Senate passed the bill Wednesday, with Republican Sen. Eddie Lucio saying he was “not happy with the bill.”
He cited a new law, the Taxpayer ID Act, which would not apply to the purchases of any vehicle, house, or farm, and added that the law does not apply when someone buys a home or a business.
Lucio said the law would make it “difficult” for Texas to comply with the Supreme Court ruling that invalidated the state’s law on voter ID.
“This is a critical issue for Texans, and the people of Texas, to be able to do business, to live in our state,” Lucio told reporters.
“So, if we are going to be successful in protecting the right to vote, we need to have an ID, and if you don’t have a valid ID, you cannot vote.”
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The Texas Legislature on Wednesday also approved a bill that would create a special ID for people who need it for transportation.
The law would allow people who are convicted of a felony to request a special license plate that would allow them to use a vehicle to get to a court hearing and pick up their court papers.
The measure passed the House on a vote of 46-38.
“In this day and age, people should have access to legal documents to get where they need to go, and we need more people to be working and getting paid to get the documents they need,” said Sen. Rodney Ellis, R-San Antonio.
Ellis said the measure is not designed to address the problem of people being arrested for voting fraud.
“It’s really just to keep people from committing voter fraud,” Ellis said.
“If they get arrested, the reason they get in trouble is they’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The Senate on Thursday passed a bill designed to prevent Texas from implementing a law to limit early voting in the state.
It would also ban the use of electronic voting machines in the upcoming November election, but it would allow voters to vote on paper ballots at some polling places.
The bill passed the Senate on a 21-14 vote, with three Democrats voting no and one Republican voting yes.
The House on Wednesday approved a similar bill that sought to expand early voting to include the statewide voting date for the first time since the 2011 election.
The Republican-controlled House approved the measure by a vote in the thousands, with all Republicans voting yes, but the Democrat-controlled Senate rejected it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.