House tentatively approves divorce waiting period waiver

 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has given tentative approval to waiving the state's 60-day waiting period for a divorce if there's sufficient evidence that family violence makes an earlier divorce necessary.

In a non-recorded voice vote Tuesday, House members backed a measure by Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Laredo, who said the bill would potentially help saves lives.

Jodie Laubenberg, R-Rockwall, argued against Guillen. She said she has another bill that would help protect Texans from domestic violence and that divorce should be deliberative and purposeful - not entered into lightly.

Guillen's bill is expected to get a final vote Wednesday.

Guillen's bill is HB72.