Texas Gov. Greg Abbott delivers remarks in Houston, signs SB 6 addressing state bail system

The Texas governor speaks in Houston about SB 6.

HOUSTON – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott delivered remarks at the Safer Houston Summit and sign Senate Bill 6, which aims to reform the state’s bail system, into law on Monday, in Houston.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Rep. Reggie Smith were also in attendance.

The Texas Tribune reported the sweeping revision of the process for releasing accused criminals on bail was finally passed by the Texas Legislature in august, nearly three months after the GOP-priority legislation stalled in the regular legislative session.

Senate Bill 6, which would require people accused of violent crimes to put up cash to get out of jail, cleared the House on an 85-40 vote, largely along party lines. The Senate had passed the legislation earlier this month on a 27-2 vote.

A full video of the remarks will be available in the video player above as soon as it can be processed.

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