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Lege Watch HOV Lane and Pregnant WomenThe bill: House Bill 521Filed by: Briscoe Cain, Republican, District 128 (Deer Park)What it does: The prefiled bill would amend subchapter I, chapter 545 of the Texas Transportation Code to clarify that “an operator of a motor vehicle who is pregnant is entitled to use any high occupancy vehicle lane in this state regardless of whether the vehicle is occupied by a passenger other than the operator’s unborn child.” Why is this a pressing issue for the Lege? Over the summer, Brandy Bottone, of Plano, made national headlines for a seemingly inconsequential act: driving in the high-occupancy vehicle lane even though all of the other seats in her car were empty. She was ticketed, and she told police that, in fact, the car did have a…

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