The sponsor, Sen. Charles Perry, said the bill means doctors "can't dismember the baby and have that be the cause of death".
"I frequently go out when I talk to the community and I'm proud to be able to say, 'if you see this patch and this badge, we're focused on your safety not your immigration status.' And so it would take away the ability to do that", said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.
"In my mind, (the bill) is gonna lead to profiling because people are gonna have to guess whether or not someone that's going into a bathroom may or may not be of the same gender", Garcia said.
Outlawing "sanctuary" entities, the common term for state and local governments and college campuses that don't enforce federal immigration laws, has been deemed must-pass legislation by Gov.
More than eight people are killed in the US every day in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The bathroom bill will not be officially approved by the Senate until the reading on Wednesday afternoon.
Brooks said the bill will help parents who have served their time get back to work, not re-offend, and care for their children after re-entry into the community.
If passed, someone can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. Those who spoke against the bill Wednesday included Bishop Joe Vasquez of the Catholic Diocese of Austin, several unauthorized immigrants and top law enforcement officials from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.
Sands said she feared the foxes will attract rabies.
"It creates criminals of those who protect us", Blanco said.
It's unclear when the committee will take the measure up again for a final vote before being sent to the group of lawmakers that sets the House calendar.
Lawmakers did add additional money to other preschool programs, including $4 million for grants to qualifying preschool providers in any county and $2 million for online courses for preschool-age children.
He also criticized the process of passing the bill: "This is not a game".
Studies have shown, however, that immigrant communities typically have lower crime rates than the overall USA population.
The Arkansas senator went further, saying on "This Week" Sunday that Republicans are in danger of losing their House majority if they approve the GOP health measure, called the American Health Care Act, proposed last week by House Republican leaders and endorsed by the White House.