Senate Looks to Add Medical Marijuana Licenses

Apr 07, 2017, 02:11
Senate Looks to Add Medical Marijuana Licenses

The House of Delegates voted to approve House Bill 1443, which would allow five more licenses to grow and process medical marijuana.

Legislation requiring state mental health officials to take custody of mentally incompetent violent sex offenders now housed in a state treatment program was approved Tuesday by the Texas Senate. He voted for the bill in committee.

That version of the legislation passed through the House, but ran into a roadblock in the Senate, due to a rule barring any legislation with similar language to a bill that was defeated from being heard in that chamber during the same session.

SB 386 was originally introduced by Sen.

"The governor has said all along he believes in compassion for the terminally ill and is open to medical marijuana", Herring said.

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"There were no clinkers, there were no clunkers in this bill", Nelson said. House and Senate GOP leaders then went to meet with members of their own caucuses.

The Senate bill still needs to clear two other committees before it can reach the Senate floor.

Seliger won approval by a 16-14 vote of an amendment that would provide a total of $30 million, subject to approval by Senate-House budget writers, in new financial aid to be distributed among schools that cut tuition by 5 percent.

The Senate amended and passed House Bill 280, which would allow lawmakers to carry concealed handguns on public property, in March on a 32-to-18 vote.

House Bill 200, a ban on partial birth abortions and the donation of fetal tissue, also has King's support, he said.

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The House's version of the bill adds terminal illnesses to the list of debilitating conditions under which a patient could qualify for medical marijuana use, while cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, Crohn's disease and others were already included in the bill. However, a person could get a pill, oil or topical forms.

"Currently, a "permanent" protective order in Texas lasts up to two years", Hinojosa said.

Meanwhile, the full House will get its first look at bill created to revive the legislative effort to combine the State Board of Elections and the State Ethics Commission.

"We want to eliminate recidivism, which costs us money and which has a negative effect on our state's economy", Moore said. House Bill 1329 took aim at "safe spaces" on college campuses and called on the State Board of Higher Education, the governing body of the North Dakota university system, to adopt more rigorous protections for free speech.

"It fully realizes the intent of the voters in passing that amendment", bill sponsor Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said. "They are going to do just fine".

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