During their brief meeting on the floor today, the State House referred their version of the anti-choice legislation — HB 2 — to the State Affairs committee, which will meet tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) stated on the floor that the committee will hear limited testimony in a smaller room in the capitol complex (E2.030) and will cut off testimony at “a time certain, at midnight.” Representative Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) expressed some concerns that the room might not be able to even fit all of the members of the committee.
The Senate also met to refer their version of the bill, SB 1 — filed by the same author as the first special session's SB 5, Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) — to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. There were rumors that Hegar was a little reluctant to refile the bill, since Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) beat him to it filing SB 9 on Friday. But Senator Patrick's bill is not likely to move at all since Patrick recently announced that he is running for Lieutenant Governor.
These will be the two bills to watch, and these two bills are essentially identical to SB 5.
The only thing that HB 2 changes is the recommended dosage for the “abortion-inducing drug” (one of Senator Van de Putte's concerns). It also creates an exemption of the 20-week abortion ban for severe fetal abnormalities as defined in statute (note not for victims of rape or incest).
See the posting from the House State Affairs Committee below the jump.The posting for the meeting of the House State Affairs Committee provided the following information:
The committee will receive testimony upon convening, until 12:01 a.m., July 3, 2013.
Witnesses will be given 3 minutes for oral testimony.
Written testimony is encouraged and appreciated. If you would like to provide the committee with written testimony, please bring 15 copies.
We will be using the electronic witness affirmation system, which will be available at registration kiosks located throughout the Capitol Extension.
Registration must be performed the day of the hearing and within the Capitol Complex — however, you may create a profile in advance from any internet connection. Please visit: www.house.state.tx.us/resources/.
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