Our VERIFY team did some digging.
First up, our sources – we went straight to the Texas House Rules for the 87th Legislature. It’s pretty dry reading, but here’s what it says:
“All absentees for whom no sufficient excuse is made may, by order of a majority of those present, be sent for and arrested, wherever they may be found, by the sergeant-at-arms or an officer appointed by the sergeant-at-arms for that purpose, and their attendance shall be secured and retained.”
So yes, we can VERIFY, Texas lawmakers in the House can be arrested for not showing up and preventing a quorum.
Now for some context. If the Texas Rangers are tapped to make these arrests, as they have been in the past, their jurisdiction ends at the Texas border.
According to the famed agency’s website, they often work with law enforcement in other jurisdictions, but in a politically sensitive situation like this, getting interagency cooperation could be tough.