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Texas Legislature 2019

Texas House approves bail reform bill after removing amendment that could keep more poor people in jail

The bill was one of several bail reform measures filed after federal court rulings, jail deaths and a state trooper's murder drew attention to Texas' pretrial jailing practices. A late addition to limit who could be released from jail at no cost was removed by lawmakers Friday.

Kwik Out Bail Bonds on 18th St. and Nueces in Austin on May 8, 2019.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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