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Bill filed in Texas Senate to close state supported living centers

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ABILENE, Texas - Abilene has one of 13 state supported living centers in Texas that could be shut down if a bill filed in the Texas Senate Thursday becomes law.

According to Senate Bill 602, up to five of the 13 centers could be shut down. The other twelve centers are located in Austin, Brenham, Corpus Christi, Denton, El Paso, Lubbock, Lufkin, Mexia, Richmond, Rio Grande, San Angelo and San Antonio.

State Sen. Dawn Buckingham of District 24 told KTXS she'll work to ensure Abilene's State Supported Living Center is not closed. Buckingham will talk with KTXS early February regarding her plans to keep it open.

A similar bill was filed back in 2015, but did not pass votes in both chambers.

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