Bill requiring separate abortion insurance among those Texas House passed this week

After three weeks Texas legislators have little to show for their efforts

The House is scheduled to consider the tax bill - a top priority of Gov. Greg Abbott - on Saturday. Dan Patrick has whipped major bills through the Senate, 20 of which relate to 18 items on Abbott's call list, House Speaker Joe Straus has pitched a few unrelated bills through his chamber, but hasn't touched the contentious social issues on the list.

The rollback proposal was approved by the Senate in the regular session that ended May 29, but it didn't get a House vote.

The biggest priority, and the primary reason for the special session, is at least done.

In this week's Texas Political Roundup: The state's lawsuit over its new anti-"sanctuary cities" law is no more, but the legal battle over its constitutionality continues. Without a positive vote from the Legislature, an agency can be disbanded.

The Texas Legislature moved a step closer Monday in toughening the state's penalties for those who hijack votes from unsuspecting Texans by using mail-in ballots. The bill makes it a felony instead of a misdemeanor to intentionally submit false information on a mail-in ballot application or knowingly submit or alter an application without a voter's knowledge. Ron Simmons, said it would be hard to amend the bill as written to any other legislation moving through the chamber.

Opponents of the bill claimed it is not needed because abortions are safer than many other routine medical procedures.

The bill was authored by Sen.

The bill comes after a Dallas case where a grand jury indicted a man for allegedly taking a woman's blank mail-in ballot, filling in a candidate's name and delivering it to the county's election department. A fourth bill that relates to abortion reporting requirements was also made ready for his signature Friday.

SB5 tentatively passed the House with a vote of 90 to 37.

House Bill 13 requires facilities, including abortion centers, hospitals, emergency rooms and other medical facilities, to report complications such as maternal death, uterine perforation, infection or a baby born alive after the abortion. That legislation, which has yet to hit the House floor, would set the trigger for property tax elections at 6 percent.

"The whole point is to hopefully deter people from participating in those activities ever again", said Representative Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth) who sponsored the bill in the House. "Women don't plan to be raped", said Turner, who dubbed the bill "rape insurance".

A Straus spokesman said in a statement Tuesday that the San Antonio Republican "remains optimistic that the House, Senate, and Governor Abbott will find agreement on a number of issues, and there is ample time for that to happen".

The full House has already approved separate legislation, House Bill 32, that would overhaul appraisals.

"All we're asking for is (to) let the voters decide", Huberty said.

Senate Bill 1 would require larger cities, counties and special goal districts to hold an election if they plan to increase their property tax collections by 6 percent or more than the previous year.

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