AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) -- After a couple hours of debate, the Texas House gave a final approval of the controversial election integrity bill.
Senate Bill 1 was passed by the House in a vote of 80 to 41, marking the third reading of the bill.
It received preliminary approval late Thursday night as lawmakers returned Friday for a final vote.
Republicans took to the podium to show support for the bill, saying it will make elections more secure and combat fraud. They want to make voting universal across the state, and said Harris County shouldn't have different voting measures than everyone else.
However, Democrats argued it would hurt minorities. They also touted their efforts to break quorum for several weeks and plead with U.S. Senate members to pass federal voting legislation.
A broken quorum is caused when a minimum number of lawmakers needed to conduct business do not show. The quorums have not allowed Republicans to pass legislation that could ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting, among other sweeping restrictions.
The House also made changes to the Senate's version. This means the bill must now head back to the Senate.
If the Senate approves the House's changes, the bill heads to the governor's desk. If not, a conference committee will be established with members from both chambers to work on changes.
The Senate is set to meet Friday at 2 p.m.