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Texas Supreme Court rules Republicans can arrest Democrats absent from state Capitol

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday evening the state's House Democrats can be arrested if they don't show up at the state Capitol due to their efforts to stop a Republican push to pass voting restrictions.

Why it matters: While the court has already blocked lower court orders in Travis and Harris counties protecting the Democrats, this ruling stipulates that under the state Constitution that Republican House leaders can compel members to attend the chamber to conduct legislative business. Consequently, those who do not attend can be arrested.

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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