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House To Hold Abortion Bill Hearing Tuesday Afternoon
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:14 PM CDT
After emotional overdrive at the State Capitol on Monday, the situation is expected to heat up once again on Tuesday.
This comes as the controversial abortion restriction bill heads into the spotlight during the second special session.
Today, the new bill, HB 2, gets its first hearing.
Through the day and night thousands of demonstrators on both sides of the issue filled the Capitol grounds.
On Tuesday hundreds are expected to sign up to take to the podium in the opening round on the discussion of Round 2 in this special session.
They've made their voices heard inside and outside the Capitol, now on Tuesday afternoon, for the first time in this new special session, both pro-life and pro-choice supporters will be able to give their two cents directly to lawmakers on controversial abortion restrictions. That's when the House's State Affairs committee is holding a public hearing on HB 2. That committee is the same one that drew controversy after cutting off debate on a very similar abortion bill during a public hearing in June, with hundreds of people reportedly still waiting to speak. This time around, the Associated Press reports the chairman says he'll cut off testimony on the bill at midnight. He expects the full House to get to it next week.
That public hearing starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol E2.030.
No votes are expected in Tuesday's hearing and there shouldn't be any further action on either floor until next week.
Lawmakers have also filed bills related to transportation and sentencing for 17 year olds committing capital felonies.
The special session lasts 30 days and could cost up to $1 million.