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 Jenevieve Robbins/Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Despite bipartisan support, Texas bill tackling intellectual disability in death penalty cases fails

Negotiators in the House and Senate couldn't come to an agreement on a bill addressing how Texas handles capital murder defendants who may be intellectually disabled. In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that executing people with intellectual disabilities amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

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 Juan Figueroa/The Texas Tribune

This session's biggest mental health bill got killed on a technicality — then resurrected

Senate Bill 10, focused on connecting children to mental health services, was knocked out of contention with a parliamentary maneuver Tuesday night but was revived as an amendment to another bill hours later. It's one of several measures the state's GOP leaders championed in the wake of the deadly shooting last year at Santa Fe High School.

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