It doesn't ease requirements about what picture IDs are acceptable when voting. The lead sponsor, Sen. Most of those cases tended to reflect confusion about - or people deliberately voicing objections to - the voter ID law, rather than attempted fraud.
The proposal passed 21 to 10 and now needs only a ceremonial final vote before heading to the state House, which, like the Texas Senate, is Republican-controlled. Jose Rodriguez of El Paso, who noted that it doesn't fully follow the court-ordered fixes. It let people without a required ID vote by signing an affidavit.
A while back, a federal court ruled the law discriminates against minorities.
The Texas Senate has approved a sharp reduction in handgun gun license fees.
Robert Nichols originally sought to scrap the full $140 fee for first-time licenses and the $70 charge for 5-year license renewals.
Kenley says allowing tolls on interstates is a good way to provide the rest of the needed money, especially once tax revenues from fuel sales plummet as new vehicle efficiency standards go into effect in the coming years. The need for local roads is about $775 million annually.
Kruse said he planned to oppose the bill if it came to a full Senate vote.
Congress also has to get to work on Trump's budget request for 2018; any bill they pass next month will only fund the government through September 30, the end of fiscal year 2017. The board also includes the state superintendent.
President Trump has complicated their work by sending over a controversial emergency request for $30 billion in extra funding for defense programs and $3 billion for border security, including $1.5 billion for his proposed wall on the U.S. -Mexico border. But legal precedent suggests that would have been hard to do.
The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee recommended House approval of Senate Bill 697 by Sen.
In the meantime, the House took up SB 1144.
The secretary also would be required to be an IN resident for at least two years prior to his or her appointment and have extensive experience IN education - neither of which were IN the original House or Senate proposals.
As the bill was called to the floor, a group of abortion-rights protesters briefly disrupted the session by shouting and unfurling a banner. Those interested in abortion coverage would have to purchase supplemental coverage if offered by their insurer. The amendment expands the time frame to two years.
On Monday, the Senate voted yes on a bill that would allow people to vote without a valid photo I.D. The voter would have to sign a form saying they could not "reasonably" obtain one of seven accepted I.D. options now required at the polls.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are sitting in accounts instead of being spent on students, Lowery said.
Though no one openly discussed the turmoil in the office when the former Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, clashed with former Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, there were references to the acrimony and dysfunction of that era.