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Texas Legislature 2019

Texas House offers a new way to determine whether a defendant has intellectual disabilities — and is ineligible for execution

The lower chamber gave initial approval to a bill creating a pretrial process to determine if a capital murder defendant is intellectually disabled — more than 15 years after the U.S. Supreme Court said executing such prisoners is cruel and unusual punishment.

State Rep. Senfronia Thomson, D-Houston, gives a seconding speech in favor of electing state Rep. Dennis Bonnen as the new House speaker.

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