Texas House Gives OK To Bill Limiting Governor’s Powers During Pandemics

File photo: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Texas House is giving preliminary approval to a bill to limit the governor’s emergency powers during a pandemic by involving the Legislature. House members passed House Bill 3 on Monday on a vote of 92-to-45.

The bill would give state lawmakers more oversight of the governor’s emergency powers during a pandemic. It singles out the handling of pandemics, as opposed to other disasters, such as hurricanes.

The bill will need a final vote in the House before it goes to the Senate for consideration.

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