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Texas House’s weekend off means key Senate bills die after missing a legislative deadline

Priority bills that died include a 10-year minimum sentencing for gun-related crimes, a ban on “critical race theory” at public universities and LGBTQ-related legislation. While the bills may be dead, lawmakers have a limited time to attach their ideas to legislation that is still alive.

State Representatives and their families gather on the House floor on the opening day of the 88th Legislative Session at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 10, 2023.

Senate Bill 2 — Reinstating a felony penalty for illegal voting 

Senate Bill 23 — Imposing a 10-year minimum for gun-related crimes

Senate Bill 16 — Banning “critical race theory” from universities

Senate Bill 1601 — Restricting libraries from hosting drag queen story hours

Senate Bill 1029 — Holding doctors and insurers financially liable for transition-related care

Senate Bill 8 — Using taxpayer dollars to fund private school tuition 

Senate Bill 147 — Limiting farmland sales to China, other countries

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