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First four bills headed to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk

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The first four Senate bills passed by both chambers this session are headed to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk, where all they need is his signature to become law.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte’s human trafficking bill, one of the four, strengthens punishment for child prostitution and sex trafficking offenders. It also requires that human and sex trafficking criminals be listed on the Sex Offender Registry.

Senate Bill 351 by state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, increases the maximum amount of wine that can be sold to restaurants and other vendors. Current law sets the limit at 4.9 gallons, but Williams’ bill would up that amount to eight gallons.

The two other bills ready for Perry’s autograph are Senate Bills 37 and 582.

Alexa Garcia-Ditta is an Observer reporter (and former intern) covering women's health, reproductive health and health care access across the Lone Star State. Before joining the Observer, she was a staff news writer at the San Antonio Current. She holds an MA in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and BA in journalism and Spanish from UT-Arlington, where she worked for three years on her college newspaper. After graduate school, she dipped her toe in public policy communications at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. When she's not at work, she's probably training for her next marathon.