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Texas Bill on FGM H.B. No. 91
By Giddings, Thompson, Chavez, Clark
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subtitle H, Title 2, Health and Safety Code, is amended by adding Chapter 166 to read as follows:
CHAPTER 166. FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
Sec. 166.001. FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION PROHIBITED. (a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly circumcises, excises, or infibulates any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of another person who is younger than 18 years of age.
(b) An offense under this section is a state jail felony.
(c) It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a) that:
SECTION 2. The importance of this legislation and the crowded condition
of the calendars in both houses create an emergency and an imperative
public necessity that the constitutional rule requiring bills to be
read on three several days in each house be suspended, and this rule
is hereby suspended, and that this Act take effect and be in force from
and after its passage, and it is so enacted.