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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The push to lower the age a criminal can be considered an adult in Texas was squelched today.

Sen. John Whitmire (D) dropped from an amendment that would modify laws classifying 17-year-olds charged with crimes as adults.

Rep. Gene Wu said Saturday he tried to convince Whitmire to accept his amendment raising the adult age to 18, but “I lost that negotiation.”

Wu’s effort came after stand-alone proposals doing the same thing collapsed.

Advocates, and a report the Legislature commissioned, say the therapy-rich juvenile system is better for younger teens.

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