Attorney General Greg Abbott is making some concessions in the Voter ID battle. He said Wednesday he would drop his objection to a Department of Defense request to interview lawmakers involved in passing the controversial legislation, last session.

Last week, the Department of Justice accused the state of "repeatedly ignoring and violating directives and orders of this Court that were designed to expedite discovery."

In a statement released to Capital Tonight , today, Deputy Communications Director Lauren Bean said:

"Neither Legislators, nor their staff have waived legislative privilege. In order to move the case forward without delay, the State agreed to allow depositions to proceed, but we will continue to object to any questions that solicit privileged information from legislators. The court has recognized the existence of the legislative privilege and will rule on our objections in the future."

The Voter ID law would require Texans to present photo identification before casting a ballot. It is currently held up in Washington, while a federal district court will decides if it violates the Voting Rights Act. Texas and several other states are required to get federal approval for any changes to election law.

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice denied the state preclearance, saying the law didn’t stand up to Section 5 of Voting Rights Act. In other words, the state couldn’t prove it doesn’t have a discriminatory purpose or effect.

Attorney General Greg Abbott is challenging that part of the law. However, this week, an appeals court struck down a similar lawsuit filed by Alabama.