Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Ailing senator returns to block voter ID vote

'It is a big enough issue that I have to be here,' Democrat says, hospital bed at ready
By TERRENCE STUTZ / The Dallas Morning News - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

AUSTIN – A Democratic blockade of a GOP-backed voter ID bill held firm Monday as an ailing Houston senator returned to the Capitol against doctors' orders, keeping a hospital bed in reserve outside the Senate chamber.

Democratic Sen. Mario Gallegos, who had a liver transplant this year, showed up to block a vote on legislation that would require Texans to provide up to two pieces of identification to vote.
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