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Texas Politics - The Legislative Branch
 
 
 
immunities
5.5    Immunities

The list of immunities of Texas legislators is short, but of crucial importance. Critically, they cannot be sued for slander or otherwise be held accountable for statements made during legislative proceedings. This is important because for an open discussion of public issues legislative debate must be unrestricted and uncensored. If legislators had to worry about being sued for things they said, the democratic process would suffer.

Texas Politics:
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University of Texas at Austin
3rd Edition - Revision 103
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