The top local stories this morning from KERA News:
The Texas House today will take another vote on a controversial bill to ban so-called “sanctuary policies.” Senate Bill 4 would establish penalties for local entities that do not honor federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants booked in a local jail.
The measure won preliminary approval in the House earlier this morning after 16 hours of emotional debate and amendments.
Among the changes: Allowing police officers to question the immigration status of people who are detained, as well as those who are actually under arrest.
After today’s final vote in the House, the bill goes back to the Senate. That chamber can either agree with House amendments, or request a conference committee to work out the differences.
Other stories this morning:
- The Texas Senate has unanimously approved a bill intended to help fight sexual assault on college campuses. Senate Bill 966 would protect students from being punished for underage drinking, if it’s linked to a sexual assault incident. SB 966 now it makes its way to the House.
- For 30 years, Nancy Cartwright has voiced Bart Simpsons on the animated TV series “The Simpsons.” However, she put down the mic and picked up a pen for her latest, “In Search of Fellini.” She’ll be in town tomorrow night for the film’s screening at the USA Film Festival.
- The first round of the NFL draft is tonight in Philadelphia and several players from North Texas could join the pros. Arlington native and Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett could be the first pick by the Cleveland Browns.
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