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Marijuana bill clears Texas House committee


Morgan, who previously floated the possibility of a lawsuit or second initiated measure over the Legislature's proposed changes to the law, said medical marijuana supporters can live with the House's version of the bill "for now".

A bill created to improve ex-convicts' employment opportunities made it out of a House of Delegates committee Wednesday, but not until the bill was weakened by eliminating a provision that could have completely removed some felony charges from a person's record. The bill goes back to the Senate, which will have to decide whether to concur with the sweeping changes made to the bill by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer.

Minors are now barred from buying marijuana even if they qualify; the pot must be purchased by a parent, guardian or other caregiver.

"I am the House sponsor of this bill, which is meant to lessen the burden on individuals who wish to obtain a license to carry a handgun", King said.

Other things on tap Wednesday include a 10 a.m. Senate confirmation hearing for Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland; Sen.

All but six Indiana Republicans voted in favor the Senate version of the bill, with two Democrats supporting it as well.

Before the final vote, an amendment passed that would limit future tuition increases to no more than one percent over the rate of inflation.


"I think there's probably too many bills unfinished", he said.

On Monday, the House amended the medical marijuana bill.

A conference committee reached agreement on that bill last week and the Senate passed it early Tuesday. Medicines from marijuana would have to be in patch, pill, or potion form. The governor wants per pupil funding increases of 2 percent for each of the next two years. The bill now grants five new licenses by October, plus four more for every 75,000 patients registered to use medical marijuana in the state.

Three men now housed at a privately run treatment center in Littlefield, northwest of Lubbock, have been found to be unlikely to ever be mentally competent again, officials said. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said his bill "fully implements the will of the voters and does so without playing games or being cute".

Democrats mounted a protest at the start of the measure's discussion, arguing that a Senate rule stipulating that 26 or more "nays" means similar language can not be considered again that session should have prevented its consideration or vote.

These resolutions, if passed, would require a vote by the people of Texas in 2018 to go into effect.

"First, radical Democrats killed our bill to eliminate sanctuary cities in Colorado, now these lawless Democrats are attempting to make the whole state a safe haven for criminal aliens", Williams said in a statement Tuesday.

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