Texas senator ends 15-hour filibuster over GOP voting bill

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Texas State Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, wears running shoes as she filibusters Senate Bill 1, a voting bill, at the Texas Capitol Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By PAUL J. WEBER and ACACIA CORONADO

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas state senator has ended a 15-hour filibuster in the Democrats’ latest defiance over a sweeping GOP voting measure. The Republican-controlled Texas Senate then passed the measure just minutes after she wearily left the floor Thursday. The GOP measure is once again stalled, however, since Democrats continue to stay away from the state House of Representatives in a standoff that has entered a 32nd day. Democrat Carol Alvarado began speaking shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday even though she acknowledged that the filibuster would not stop the measure from passing. She was required to remain standing and speaking, was prohibited from taking bathroom breaks and wore running shoes on the Senate floor.

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