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Day 128 of the 82nd Texas Legislature

“I cannot allow the voting rights of hundreds of thousands in my district to be trampled.”
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, during yesterday’s Senate redistricting debate that ended with passage of a map that threatens her seat

Yesterday, the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee piled a handful of controversial amendments to the already contentious Senate Bill 9, the homeland security omnibus bill by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands. While the legislation doesn’t have a House sponsor yet, representatives still added E-verify, southbound checkpoints and “asset forfeiture legislation” to it. 

Yesterday, state Comptroller Susan Combs raised her initial state revenue estimate by $1.2 billion. Though that additional money may help bridge the gap between the House and Senate budgets, there’s still a long way to go before both chambers can agree on a budget. As the Austin American-Statesman reports, key steps include passing a fiscal matters bill in the House today, as well as passing a school finance reform bill. 

It’s going to be a busy day in the House as representatives debate major “fiscal matters” bills that generate revenue to help balance the budget—and may be a carrier for school finance legislation. A Senate committee will consider the infamous sanctuary city bill this morning, while the full Senate may debate the eyewitness identification reform bill. 

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

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