AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Key transportation and juvenile justice bills are advancing in the Texas Senate, marking the first committee actions of the second 30-day special session.
One diverts nearly $1 billion per year from the state's cash reserve fund to pay for new roads and maintenance. Transportation leaders say Texas needs to spend $4 billion more annually to meet demand.
The Senate Finance committee unanimously approved the proposal Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate.
Moments later, the chamber's Criminal Justice Committee passed a proposal to have Texas more closely adhere to a U.S. Supreme Court decision banning mandatory life prison sentences without parole for 17-year-olds.
Both issues have been overshadowed by a sweeping abortion restrictions bill that a House committee hears later. Hundreds of protesters on both sides are expected to attend.
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