Here are things to know for Monday, May 31:
1. President Joe Biden says Texas voting bill is “part of an assault on democracy”
With Texas Republicans poised to sign off on a sweeping voting bill, President Joe Biden said Saturday that legislation like Senate Bill 7 that restricts voting access is “un-American.”
“Today, Texas legislators put forth a bill that joins Georgia and Florida in advancing a state law that attacks the sacred right to vote, " Biden said in a statement to The Texas Tribune. “It’s part of an assault on democracy that we’ve seen far too often this year — and often disproportionately targeting Black and Brown Americans.”
2. Sweeping new voting restrictions in Texas fail to pass after Democrats stage walkout before midnight deadline
Texas Democrats pulled off a dramatic, last-ditch walkout in the state House of Representatives on Sunday night to block the passage of one of the most restrictive voting bills in the U.S., leaving Republicans with no choice but to abandon a midnight deadline and declare the legislative session essentially over.
The revolt is one of Democrats’ biggest protests to date against GOP efforts nationwide to impose stricter election laws, and they used the spotlight to urge President Joe Biden to act on voting rights.
But the victory may be fleeting: Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who had declared new voting laws a priority in Texas, quickly announced that he would order a special session to finish the job. He called the failure of the bill “deeply disappointing” but did not say when he would drag lawmakers back to work.
3. George Floyd’s family holds Houston concert marking death
Religious leaders, musical guests, spoken word artists and politicians gathered for a concert in Houston, the home town of George Floyd, to commemorate the anniversary of his death.
Pastors Remus E. Wright and Mia K. Wright welcomed the Floyd family on Sunday at The Fountain of Praise, a church that held one of his funeral services, and more than 450 live viewers on Facebook.
“It’s been an incredible year and a very emotional year, so much grief and loss, so much angst and anxiety, worldwide protests, the insurrection at the Capitol, but I guarantee you one thing — that none of us will forget May 25, 2020, the day that George Floyd’s life was taken from us,” Mia Wright said.
4. Six Flags Fiesta Texas says all 20 riders safely rescued from stuck rollercoaster in San Antonio
All 20 park attendees, previously trapped on a rollercoaster, have been removed safely in San Antonio, according to Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
The San Antonio Fire Department said the call came in around noon for extrication at the theme park.
Fire and park crews were on the scene to help with rescuing the people from the ride. Attendees were harnessed and walked down the ride individually by the crews, according to KSAT.
Officials have not announced what exactly caused the ride to stall or break down.
No injuries have been reported at this time.
5. Have you seen Samuel? 6-year-old boy reported missing in Houston
Houston Police are searching for a six-year-old-boy reported missing in Houston.
Samuel Olson was last seen around 7:30 a.m. Thursday leaving the 8800 block of McAvoy Drive in an unknown direction
He was wearing a gray t-shirt with the Kool-Aid man on it, jean shorts, and white “Buzz Lightyear” tennis shoes. Samuel was also wearing two mis-matched superhero socks.
Olson is 3′9′' and weighs 50 lbs. He has golden brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Samuel Olson is urged to contact the Houston Police Missing Persons Division at (832) 394-1840 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.