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IV. Legislative Updates

Texas: The Senate approved Senate Bill 5 — which the House had amended — and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has signed it. The new law will broadens the definition of mail-in voter fraud and increases the penalties for those who commit it. The amended bill also repeals another recently approved law that would have made it easier for those in nursing homes to vote.

Also in Texas, the Hidalgo County commission voted to foot the $120,888 bill to extend early voting hours in the upcoming November election.