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Texas to resume hearing on abortion bill Tuesday

By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   July 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM

In Texas, the House State Affairs Committee will pick back up on its abortion bill next Tuesday.

This hearing will offer time for public testimony, which will continue until its midnight cutoff.

The Texas Legislature reconvened for a special session Monday, but the House and Senate opted to recess until next week.

It was unclear Monday whether the committee intends to vote on the legislation on Tuesday. A senior Republican legislative aide said the vote is likely to be before the Fourth of July.

That aide also said the House is adjourned until July 9, and “the bill is likely to be on the House floor that day.”

Nearly 5,000 protesters from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and other pro-choice groups held a protest on the Capitol steps.

They were accompanied by Wendy Davis, who filibustered the bill's last hearing, and had a performance from the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines. Also in attendance were Connie Britton, Stephanie March and Lisa Edelstein.

The bill in question was delayed by Davis' 13-hour filibuster. Republicans tried to hold the vote that same night, but the vote count got in after the midnight cutoff and was rendered moot.

The legislature has 30 days to determine whether to pass the bill. Republicans have said they are determined to get the bill passed this time around.

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