Thursday afternoon, members of the State Senate voted to re-refer HB1, the so-called "personhood" bill, to the Education and Health Committee, and carry over the legislation until next year.

Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said he came away from a hearing Thursday morning, with concerns about the complexities of the issue raised by a variety of speakers. 

The vote on the Senate floor was 24-14 in favor of sending the bill back to the committee that reported it earlier Thursday.


A bill that would define life as starting at conception has been approved in a key Senate committee.

Eight Republicans voted for the measure, and the committee's seven Democrats opposed it after an hour-long hearing on the bill that is similar to one in Missouri.

The bill passed after an amendment clarifying that no provision in it would restrict the use of federally approved contraception.

At least three times, the committee chairman, Sen. Steve Martin, threatened to have police remove opponents of the bill after they spoke out during debate.

The vote now sends the bill to the full Senate where Democrats and Republicans hold 20 seats apiece.

The committee earlier approved a bill requiring pre-abortion external ultrasound exams. It was amended to eliminate ultrasounds requiring an invasive ultrasound probe.