The bill, proposed by Senator Carlos Urseti (D-San Antonio), would only be applicable to those with Texas Driver’s Licenses, and individuals would register online on a DPS website, and would enter lots of specific, government-issued numbers to prove identity. All of this would take effect on September 1st.
The ten holdouts, you can guess which party they were, were not quoted by any of the news articles as to why they opposed the measure. Among the Republicans that joined all 12 Democrats in support was Joan Huffman. Among those opposed were Dan Patrick and Larry Taylor.
No clue as to what the chances of survival are in the House of Representatives. I have always been big on making it much easier to register to vote, and I know that online registration has been a great success in the states it has been enacted in. Personally, I never found it all that hard to register when renewing your license (I registered on my 18th birthday while renewing my license at the DPS), but I guess people forget about that.
BOR has more.