Texas Just Abolished Poll Taxes!

Twenty-fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution finally ratified here

Sen. Ellis: It's about time.
Sen. Ellis: It's about time. (photo by Jana Birchum)

Of course, they were actually killed off back in 1964, when most of the rest of the nation ratified the 24th Amendment.

However, Texas and a few other segregation-loving holdouts didn't sign it. House Joint Resolution 39 by Rep. Alma Allen, D-Dallas, fixes that, and it just passed the Senate. It passed the House a few weeks back.

As a colleague on the press table just said, "Welcome to the 1960s, Texas."

And as Senate sponsor Rodney Ellis, D-Dallas, put it: "I move passage, better late than never."

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