Texas Public Policy Foundation David Guenther Discusses Texas Abortion Bill and Supreme Court’s Decision On Voting Rights Act [AUDIO]
On the Tuesday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, David Guenthner from the Texas Public Policy Foundation talked with Chad Hasty about the latest coming out of Austin and out of the Supreme Court.
With just hours left in the first special session of the Texas legislature, Democrats are planning to block the Senate abortion bill today. Senator Wendy Davis from Forth Worth is expected to present a 13-hour filibuster in the Senate today, aiming to run out the clock on the hotly-contested bill. Guenthner explained how the Democrats had tried to block the bill throughout the session.
"The abortion bill did not get back to the Senate until yesterday. there were some stalling maneuvers as far as it going over to the House. I think also with a lot of the stuff being added halfway through the special [session], it really constrained the time frame on the back end.
Although the Republicans can't do anything to stop the filibuster, Gunethner said it will still be a difficult task.
Guenthner also commented on the breaking news that the Supreme Court declared Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act to be unconstitutional. Section 4 of the act was the provision that determined which states and counties must have federal government approval of any changes made to their voting laws.
However, Chief Justice John Roberts stated is his opinion that "things have changed dramatically" in the South, so the provision was no longer valid. Guenthner said the court's decision should have a major effect on a number of issues such as redistricting.