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On Thursday, members of the Texas House approved House Bill 9 along with House Joint Resolution 125. House Bill 9, authored by Representative Trent Ashby of Lufkin would ask voters in Texas in November if the state can spend $5 billion dollars to expand internet availability across Texas.

The House passed the legislation 140-9 and the legislation now heads to the Senate. While $5 billion may sound like a lot, it's actually half of what Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state would need to spend to connect all Texans to high speed internet according to the Texas Tribune.

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