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

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.

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Alexa Garcia-Ditta is a staff writer (and former intern) covering women's health, reproductive health and health care access.