Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

Gov. Greg Abbott calls special session

Gov. Greg Abbott calls special session

The extra session will begin with only agency renewal on the agenda, he said.

Since January, Patrick has thrown his support behind a bill to require every Texan to use the public bathroom that corresponds to the gender listed on their birth certificate.

With an announcement of a special session potentially hours away, Gov.

Below is a breakdown of some of the key items. That backlash has deterred most GOP governors in the USA from pursuing similar laws but Abbott has gone against the tide. Task force members have expressed that they need more time to study causes of deaths among women. That means some action must be taken before the next legislative session in 2019 or those agencies will close.

Abbott says after the Sunset legislation is passed, he will add 19 items to the agenda for the House and Senate to vote on. "If the governor moves forward with this harmful legislation against trans students, LGBTQ people, businesses, and fair-minded Texans will respond in Texas style - Big", said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD.

"I don't think it's a question of whether or not a bathroom bill is going to pass", Jones told HuffPost. "Or, pass a better law". Abbott is asking to lower that cap.

"The cities and counties overplayed their hand", Bonnen said. Other Internet use for navigation or music programs is allowed. "Following a session that already featured an unprecedented number of anti-LGBTQ bills, Gov. Abbott has chose to bring legislators back to Austin - wasting taxpayers' time and money - in an attempt to deal yet another blow to LGBTQ Texans".

"They have six weeks to prepare and another 30 days to pass these proposals", says Abbott. It was a very public talking-to that comes amid speculation that Abbott can barely keep his party from splintering into, as the New York Times recently described it, "a cacophony of ideologies on the right and far right". The law creates a state-level ban on a type of abortion that's already banned by federal law and bans fetal tissue donations for medical research.

Americans for Prosperity-Texas State Director Jerome Greener also praised Gov. Abbott on his decision to reconvene legislators.

Texas will become one of the last states to adopt some kind of texting while driving ban when the law takes effect September 1.

"Taxpayers know the truth, property tax bills are rising too quickly", said Senator Paul Bettencourt.

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One of the few bipartisan issues Abbott asked the Legislature to revisit was the state's maternal mortality crisis.

The bill backed by Patrick passed the Senate in March.

Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, chairman of the House Democratic caucus, said Abbott's laundry list of special session topics ws a symptom of the governor's lax leadership during the regular legislative session.

SB 1929, which was introduced by Republican state Sen.

"If it doesn't get done, it will either be because the leaders of the House or Senate didn't get it done", Simmons said. That system has been notoriously slow and convoluted in Austin.

Abbott and Lt. Gov.

At his own press conference, Adler slapped down that assessment and noted that Austin's economy continues to boom not in spite of its local ordinances, but rather because of the shared values they express.

"Governor Abbott must not remember the 2011 drought that killed or weakened millions of trees across Texas".

"I admit to being a little dumbfounded when I hear what sounded to me nearly like a call for a war against cities and individual liberty as expressed at the local ballot box", Adler said.

"Cities that annex property without the vote of those affected is piracy by government", he said. Numerous state's municipalities-including San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso-have enacted their own stricter bans. Donna Campbell that regulated municipal annexation, which failed to pass during the regular session. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.

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