In In re Turner, the Texas Supreme Court denied a mandamus petition about the Governor’s line-item veto of Legislative funding, observing: “While the interference by one branch of government with the effectual function of another raises concerns of separation of powers, the issue presented here is primarily one of differences among legislators. Although the Governor certainly seeks to advance legislation he favors, the majority of the members of the Legislature support the same legislation. Relator House members oppose that legislation and have broken quorum to further their opposition. It appears from the record of the special session that they could have restored Article X funding for the Legislature had they been present to vote to do so. They have chosen to continue to absent themselves in order to prevent passage of voting legislation.” No. 21-0538 (Aug. 9, 2021) (per curiam) (emphasis added).

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