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Senate Committee Wraps Testimony on Texas Abortion Bill

Update: The Senate Health & Human Services Committee public hearing on Senate Bill 1 wrapped up just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. Senators did not vote on the bill.

Original Story (July 8, 10 a.m.): The Senate Health & Human Services Committee is holding a public hearing today on a bill that would limit access to abortions in Texas.

Public testimony on Senate Bill 1 began just after 11 a.m. Eleven groups of 60 people filled out paperwork necessary to testify on, for or against the bill before the committee. Public testimony is limited to two minutes per person.

If everyone speaks for the maximum two minutes each, testimony could stretch well into tomorrow.

People that missed the cut-off  for testimony will be allowed to register their opinion on the bill, but will not be able to speak before the committee.

At a House committee meeting last week, more than 1,000 people who signed up to testify on the house version of the bill (House Bill 2) were unable to. The House committee passed the bill. The full Texas House of Representatives is expected to take up the bill this week.

For continued coverage of the hearing, follow @kutnews and watch the livestream of the hearing, which is available on the legislature's website and in the player below, via KUT News' reporting partners The Texas Tribune. Here's more coverage from KUT News:

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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