In the 2009 legislative session, voter ID was an emotional, partisan and hard-fought issue that delayed and derailed other legislation. With the 2011 session facing two major issues in redistricting and a substantial budget shortfall, other legislative initiatives will be hard enough to pass. Despite Gov. Perry’s statements that an Arizona-like law would not be right for Texas, certain Texas lawmakers have put everyone on notice that such legislation will be introduced. According to the Houston Chronicle, the “immigration divide may stall the session.”
The Courier of Montgomery County reports that CPA Senator Tommy Williams, newly-appointed chair of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security committee, is not sure if an Arizona-like bill will pass the legislature but he believes in stronger enforcement of immigration laws.