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Texas House To Discuss Transportation Funding Bills

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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Though the abortion debate has dominated headlines, the Texas House convenes Monday to discuss increasing funding for highway and transportation infrastructure projects.

The Texas Senate gave final passage late Friday night to a law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and require all abortions take place in surgical centers.

The bill has now been sent to the desk of Gov. Rick Perry. That issue, and measures codifying sentencing guidelines for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder, are nearly resolved.

That means, unless Perry adds more items to lawmakers’ agenda for the second special session, additional state money for highways is all that’s left to do.

The Senate doesn’t convene again until Wednesday. But its members have already passed a proposed constitutional amendment.

If approved by voters, it would divert $900 million annually from the state’s cash reserves for highway projects.

The House, however, will debate a separate constitutional amendment that could divert $900 million annually to highways from existing gasoline taxes.

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