AUSTIN, Texas — The state House has given preliminary approval to a bill reauthorizing the Texas Medical Board and other agencies whose operations were jeopardized by similar measures stalling in May.
Monday’s vote came without debate. Final House approval is expected Tuesday.
The Texas Senate passed its own version of agency reauthorization legislation during a late-night session last week.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who oversees the Senate, had let normally routine agency oversight bills die during the regular legislative session that ended Memorial Day. That forced Gov. Greg Abbott to call lawmakers into a special session.
Abbott and the Senate are now using the extra time to revive conservative priorities like a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people and a school voucher plan — both of which may stall in the House.