Sometimes it's hard to remember what century we're in.
Rep. Alma Allen's joint resolution to post-ratify the 24th amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed the House on second reading this afternoon. The 24th amendment is the one prohibiting states from levying a poll tax, or a tax on voting, which was used to keep minorities, women and low-income folks away from the polls.
When the 24th amendment was ratified in 1964, Texas was one of just five states that still levied a poll tax, and one of 12 states that didn't ratify the amendment. Since then, Virgina, North Carolina and Alabama have post-ratified the amendment.
"It's been a long time coming but it's here today," Allen said.