The Texas House gave initial approval on Monday to a bill that would allow judges to deny no-cost personal bonds to people accused of violent or sexual offenses and would mandate the creation of a statewide risk assessment tool for setting bail, addressing a priority issue for Republican leaders.
The bill, and another that has passed in the Senate, are backed respectively by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. They center on the decisions that judges make about whether to detain people charged with criminal offenses while they await trial.