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 Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

A measure to limit arrests for non-jailable offenses passed the House after a great struggle. It still died.

Behind closed doors, a joint Senate and House committee killed a measure that would require police officers to explain why they arrest someone for fine-only offenses, otherwise the case would be dismissed. Criminal justice reform advocates considered the issue a priority following the arrest of Sandra Bland.

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 Illustration by Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Advocates say a Texas House bill could prevent arrests like Sandra Bland's, but multiple attempts to pass it failed

A measure to limit arrests for misdemeanors that only result in fines initially got House approval. Then it failed on a subsequent vote amid what some say was confusion over what the bill would do. Lawmakers tried to revive it Friday evening — after several lawmakers had left the chamber — but that attempt also failed.

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