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Texas Senate approves roads, criminal justice measures

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has approved key road building and criminal justice measures that have been overshadowed by the intense debate over abortion.

Lawmakers on Thursday sent to voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would pump billions into road building from the state’s cash reserve fund. That fund is supported by oil and gas severance taxes. If approved by House, the measure would go to voters statewide in November.

Texas transportation leaders say the state needs about $4 billion more for roads per year. The measure before lawmakers would spend less than a quarter of that.

The Senate also approved a bill that would bring Texas in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling banning sentences of life in prison for 17-year-old capital murder defendants.

 

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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