Texas governor out to quiet doubts over who's in charge

Texas governor out to quiet doubts over who's in charge

Texas governor out to quiet doubts over who's in charge

Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered state lawmakers back to work starting July 18 for a sweeping, 30-day special legislative session covering 20 topics.

"If they fail, it's not for lack of time, it would be because of a lack of will", he said, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

"Gov. Abbott has called a special session partly dedicated to discriminating against transgender Texans". He was quickly congratulated by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who chaired President Donald Trump's campaign in Texas a year ago, and pushed North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions to the forefront last session.

The hard-won statewide texting ban that Abbott just signed doesn't go almost as far.

Abbott surprised lawmakers by reviving a long list of conservative measures that failed despite Republicans fully in charge at the Texas Capitol, including a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people that has deepened a GOP rift and is opposed by major corporations such as Apple and Google. 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.

But Abbott said Tuesday he hopes for broader legislation that fully pre-empts local governments from passing "any regulation of mobile devices in vehicles".

Abbott and Lt. Gov. This is a growing problem that must be solved before children head back to school. As appraised values go up, tax rates need to come down. "We know passage of HB 2899 would be bad not just for the scores of transgender Texans whose lives will be made more hard and more risky, but for all the hardworking Texans who stand to suffer from the economic losses this action invites", said Kasey Suffredini, Acting CEO & President of Strategy for Freedom for All Americans.

Saenz believes the governor must call a special session because up to five million pupils and parents have been left wondering how their schools will approach privacy in the coming school year.

Another set of Abbott's special session priorities centers on property tax reform and cities abilities to raise enough local revenue from those taxes to pay for essential city services. Adler said he felt the move was an attack on city governance.

Speaker Straus has called SB 6 "manufactured and unnecessary". Dan Patrick, who stalled that agency-preserving legislation in an effort to win passage of a couple of pet issues - a "bathroom bill" and restrictions on local property tax increases.

"This will stop officials like Sanctuary Sally in Travis County, Texas, who was releasing unsafe criminals out of jail, back out on the street", Abbott said. The session, running from mid-July to mid-August, would end before the new fiscal year starts on September 1 and comes in time to endanger incumbents and embolden challengers.

"We are grateful that our lawmakers have rejected a slate of unsafe policies that would have threatened public safety in Texas", said Lisa Epstein, with Moms Demand Action in a statement.

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