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Thousands turned away from Texas House committee hearing on antiabortion bill

After 30 minutes in session on Monday, the Texas Legislature voted to adjourn until after the holiday weekend, but a House committee hearing on the state's sweeping antiabortion measure went on as scheduled on Tuesday.

More than 3,000 Texans turned out to provide testimony at the House State Affairs Committee hearing, leading state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, to ask state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, if the testimony could be relocated to the Capitol auditorium to accomodate the enormous group. Cook, the committee chairman, declined the request, leaving only 64 available seats for the day of public testimony, as a live blog of the hearing notes.

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