With more than 4,000 bills submitted in the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, it’s hard to keep up with what legislation is worth noting.
The bills submitted have covered virtually every issue imaginable, from education to city governments.
This session, however, has been more active in trying to reduce obesity rates for the state, an issue Texas has debated for years.
One bill submitted would ban the sale of sugary drinks in public schools, while another would make healthier food more accessible for Texans with low income.
One lawmaker also submitted a bill that would require the comptroller’s office to post obesity rates on its website every month.
Abortion has also been a hot topic in the legislature recently, as State Sen. Bob Duell (R-Greenville) submitted Senate Bill 537, which, if passed, would reduce the number of abortion clinics throughout the state.
State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) submitted a bill that would require pre-trial DNA testing for any case that has a possible verdict of the death penalty.
Attorney General Greg Abbott supported the bill, saying it would reduce the number of appeals, and speed up
the judicial process.
To combat the school’s failure rates, State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte (D-San Antonio) submitted Senate Bill 1538, which would designate schools with more than 50 percent enrollment of 17-year-olds as “drop-out” schools, which would facilitate dropouts returning to school.