Texas governor calls for session that could include bathroom bill


The governor addressed reporters Tuesday afternoon with a tone of disappointment.

"It was certainly widely expected that Gov. Abbott would call a special session: There are many items that Texas legislators did not act on, perhaps because they were distracted by the numerous, cruel efforts to enshrine anti-LGBT discrimination into law".

Though legislation regarding protecting privacy in school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers passed with bipartisan support in the Senate, Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values says a companion bill in the House snarled and was unsettled when the session recently ended. Nearly every issue he addressed today passed the Senate during the regular session and I am confident the senators are ready to hit the ground running to move these issues forward.

Also looming is the failure of lawmakers to pass key legislation during the regular session that would keep some state agencies from shuttering.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, during a speech Monday night, June 5, at the Bell County Republican Dinner, Abbott suggested that property tax reform would be the main topic on the agenda for a special session.

Insisting a special session was "entirely avoidable", Governor Abbott, a Republican, said in a statement that since he's now forced to bring lawmakers back to Austin, he intends "to make it count".

The other items in the call include a $1,000 pay hike for teachers.

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Democrats criticized Abbott's expansive special session as an attempt to shift blame for what they called the governor's failed leadership by giving lawmakers an impossibly long list of controversial items to finish in a short time. A broader pre-emption measure would impact dozens of cities - including Austin, San Antonio and El Paso - that now operate under stricter mobile regulations.

After initially promising to announce his special session plans in the latter part of last week, Abbott opened the door to a longer timeline Wednesday, saying he was waiting for the budget to be certified and to go through more bills on his desk.

"Texans need property tax reform right now", Abbott said. He described 20 items he'll allow lawmakers to consider, including the contentious bathroom issue.

The Texas Legislature meets every other year.

Proponents of heritage tree rules point out that trees increase property values, improve air quality and reduce urban heat, all things that city governments generally want to encourage.

The annexation restriction bill was sponsored by Sen.

He also proposed legislation that would not only limit state government spending, but local government spending to population and inflation growth. Texas will join at least 47 other states that have similar laws when the ban takes effect September 1.