FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/18/2017
Murphy Authors One of Twelve Bills Passed During Special Session
Austin, TX - State Representative Jim Murphy (Houston) joined Governor Greg Abbott for a bill signing ceremony on Wednesday for House Bill 215, a bill authored by Rep. Murphy during the 85th Special Session that ensures abortions performed on minors are properly reported.
"This new law provides information to ensure this procedure is carried out properly and to gather information that will be used to improve public health. Its passage is particularly important given the bill's focus on girls under 18 years old." said Murphy. As a result, better data will be collected and provided to lawmakers and the Department of State Health Services for use in evaluating state programs.
Improving abortion-complication reporting was part of Governor Abbott's 20-item agenda for the special session. The bill was proposed and drafted by Senator Bryan Hughes (Mineola). HB 215 passed the House with bipartisan support and was passed in the Senate by Sen. Hughes. “When abortions occur, especially on minors, Texas must do everything possible to protect these young mothers. Thanks to this law, we will now have more accurate data concerning abortions being performed on minors. I am thankful for the leadership of Sen. Bryan Hughes and Rep. Jim Murphy in getting this bill to my desk, and I applaud the Texas legislature for passing this important reform this special session." stated Governor Greg Abbott.
State Representative Jim Murphy represents District 133, West Houston. First elected in 2006, Murphy serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee. Murphy also serves as Floor Leader for the House Republican Caucus. In addition to his work during the special session, Rep. Murphy passed fourteen bills during the 85th Regular Session.