Texas House approves bill to create jobs and businesses

The Texas House has given preliminary approval to a bill urging the governor to consider small businesses for Texas Enterprise Fund grants.

The enterprise fund is used by the governor to try to create jobs and lure businesses to the state.

The House voted 145-1 on Wednesday to tentatively approve the proposal by Rep. Patrick Rose, a Dripping Springs Democrat.

Lawmakers spent lots of time debating the bill and attempting to add provisions. One amendment is designed to prevent enterprise fund money from being used for executive bonuses.

Another would encourage grants in the renewable energy field.