The bill's author, senator Lois Kolkhorst, opened the hearing. The task force, launched by the Legislature in 2013, found that between 2011 and 2012, 189 Texas mothers died less than a year after their pregnancy ended, mostly from heart disease, drug overdoses and high blood pressure.
The Texas Association of Business launched radio ads on Monday trying to convince moderate Republicans in the House to oppose the bill.
These predictable arguments led to a predictable outcome. Greg Abbott included in his call for the July-August special session.
The bill is the second time this year that police leaders from Texas' biggest cities, which are also some of the largest in the U.S, are at odds with a marquee piece of Republican legislation.
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. Among these, the Senate Committee of State Affairs drew the most attention when they debated the session's controversial "bathroom bill" Friday.
But with a Republican majority, there wasn't much much Democrats could do. Students who are protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act would be eligible for the scholarship.
According to the measures to be adopted under Senate Bill 2, approximately 6,000 students will receive scholarships for a maximum amount of $10,000 if they want to attend private schools.
Bathroom bill passes Senate committee
"If someone looks as though they are female in that space, then I don't think anyone is going to ask to see their driver's license and their gender marker", Kolkhorst said.
Under the new Senate Bill 3, the state would bar local school districts and governments from passing rules on transgender bathroom policies.
Across the Capitol, the Senate Education Committee sought to reform Texas' school finance system which has been deemed broken in the eyes of the Texas Supreme Court. For students who choose to remain in public schools within their district, they would be eligible for $500 to cover educational expenses.
Taylor refused to accept several amendments to the bill from Democrats, who wanted to specify what the commission would study.
"Most of our students who have special needs are very happy with their current situation". The required funds will flow in via donations from the insurance companies. The program would be capped at $75 million annually.
The Senate approved two bills related to public school funding.