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Legislation in Austin that would change voting laws in the state is a flashpoint in Texas politics. The Senate passed its version. Now, it’s up to the Texas House to decide what happens next. Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, talks about where things stand. Phelan said on Inside Texas Politics that budget negotiations next week will keep House Bill 6 from moving forward immediately.

Phelan said HB 6 is about having a uniform election across the state after an election during which Harris County did things differently than the rest of the state. Phelan argued that those types of changes to election law need to go through the state legislative process. “That’s how you change law. You don’t change law at the local level,” said Phelan.

Texas has more than 800 bridges and more than 19,000 miles of highway in poor condition. Former President Donald Trump talked about improving infrastructure when he was in office. Now President Joe Biden is moving ahead with those plans. One of those helping sell it for the administration is Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who joined Inside Texas Politics from Washington, D.C. Biden has called for major action on the infrastructure bill by Memorial Day. Buttigieg said it’s a big lift, but not only is it possible, it’s necessary. “We can’t sit around. We can’t wait,” said Buttigieg. “We’re in a race with the crumbling of our own infrastructure.” 

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