Rules stemming from stiffer abortion regulations in Texas are on their way to the state health commissioner's desk.
The legislation is moving forward, even though the State Health Services Council - the group in charge of governing the rules - technically didn't vote on them. Members of the council are appointed by the governor. It’s unusual for them to not vote and pass forward something approved by the legislature.
During a second round of public comments Thursday, the council again heard about making changes to the way the legislation is implemented.
"It seems to me, that in other states where similar bills were adopted, the state health departments have taken a different approach to implementation," Capital Area Democratic Women President Burr said.
The suggested changes during testimony ranged from extending the amount of time abortion clinics have to upgrade to the new standards, to removing the requirement relating to hospital admitting privileges.
Despite suggestions and no official vote, by rule, the regulations move forward.
"What we're looking at here is a commission that normally would just second and pass something along, saying ‘No, we are not voting on this,’” Burr said. “That in a bureaucratic organization, which is what that is, is a vote of no confidence.”
The members on the council didn't comment on why they decided not to vote.
The attorney for the commission explained they don't have the authority within the statute to make some of the proposed changes.
The proposed rules will now go to Commissioner Kyle Janek for final approval before being posted for a 30-day public comment period.