A Texas legislator introduced a bill that would allow pregnant women to use the HOV lanes during the 2023 session.
Texas State Rep. Briscoe CAIN, a Republican filed the bill, which was added to the agenda for January 2023.
Cain’s bill says, “A motor vehicle operator who is pregnant can use any high-occupancy vehicle lane in this State regardless of whether it is occupied other than the operator and their unborn child.”
The 128th District is represented by the state legislator, and it’s located on the eastern end of Houston.
Fox Station KRIV Houston reports that Cain proposed the bill following national headlines about a Plano, Texas woman.
Brandy Bottone, 34 weeks pregnant was running to get her son when she was stopped for driving in the HOV Lane on U.S. Highway 75. This lane requires at least two persons to be in the vehicle.
According to KRIV, Bottone said yes to the question before pointing at her stomach.
In the end, the case was dismissed by court.
Cain did not respond immediately to inquiries for additional information.
Cain’s bill is one of many bills being considered by the state legislature when it convenes on January 10. It will become effective on September 1, 2023 if it is passed.