Texas Senate Democrats help pass bill requiring pro sports teams with state contracts to play national anthem

Texas Senate Democrats helped pass a bill on Thursday that would require professional sports teams with contracts in Texas to play the national anthem at their games.

The GOP-led chamber voted 28-2 to advance the measure, with 11 Democrats joining their GOP colleagues.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican who presides over the Senate chamber, called the bipartisan vote on the Star Spangled Banner Protection Act “one of the more surprising votes” of his career, according to the Texas Tribune.

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