[I still cannot stop laughing at what a PR disaster this really is. Does no one think about how things LOOK, before they do this kind of stupid stuff?]
Officers clarified that the list of items not permitted in the gallery was not new and that the confiscations were an effort to maintain the "rules of decorum." Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said earlier that law enforcement would "clear the gallery" if chaos erupted during the debate.
"We're going to have strict enforcement. If there are any demonstrations, we are going to clear the gallery," Dewhurst said Thursday. "I hope we don't get to that point but if we do, we do. This is a democracy and we will not be interrupted from doing the people's work by an unruly mob."
Hundreds have protested the Texas abortion bill, which would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in Texas to close and undergo millions of dollars in upgrades.