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The Texas Legislature won't be gaveled in until January, but this marked the first day lawmakers could file bills for debate. By midmorning, they'd already done so 450 times, according to a Texas Tribune tally.
Here are some of the highlights, according to the Tribune's roundup:
- State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, filed a bill known as the George Floyd Act, which includes a series of policing and criminal justice reforms.
- State Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, filed a measure that would make Texas' medical marijuana program accessible to a larger number of patients.
- State Rep. Diego Bernal, D-San Antonio, filed a proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility to some Texans under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The state is one of a a small number that hasn't expanded Medicaid coverage.
- State Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, filed a proposal to ban abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy. Under current Texas law, abortions are prohibited after 20 weeks.
- State Rep. James Talarico, D-Round Rock, filed a measure that would prevent law enforcement departments from working with reality TV shows.
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