A key Texas Democrat concedes the Legislature is sure to pass a Republican-backed voter identification bill.
The Texas Senate is starting debate and will take public testimony Tuesday on a bill to require Texas voters to show a valid photo ID before voting. Democrats blocked a similar bill in 2009, but Republicans now hold a commanding majority in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Republicans said the bill is needed to fight voter fraud. Democrats say it is a partisan measure to boost GOP margins in elections.