The Republican-backed voter ID bill passed in the Texas Senate 19-11 Wednesday night.
After nearly 40 amendments offered and six hours of debate, the move to require Texans to present a photo ID before voting was one step closer to becoming a law.
While senators rejected a string of amendments to allow additional forms of photo ID, they approved giving Texans the ability to use concealed-handgun licenses to vote. The amendment passed 30-0, adding handgun licenses to the list of acceptable items: driver's license, passport, and military ID.
Though they were able to defeat similar bills in past sessions, Democrats acknowledged the inevitable passage of the bill this session. An overwhelming GOP majority gave the bill a much better chance, which was already apparent starting as the legislation cleared a committee of all senators and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst Tuesday evening.