Gov. Abbott to make decision on special session this week
30 May, 2017, 06:47 | Author: Melody Ballard
"When it gets to a special session, the time and topics are exclusively up to the governor in the state of Texas", Abbott said in a statement.
Given Abbott's recent political posturing, a special session is all but assured, and the topics of discussion will relate to a "sunset bill" that would allow several crucial state agencies to continue operating, a property tax relief bill, and a "bathroom bill" restricting which public restrooms transgender people may use. Other lawmakers, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, are pushing Abbott to add bills including the so-called "bathroom bill" to a special session agenda.
Abbott said his biggest disappointment of the concluding session was that lawmakers failed to pass a bill to keep the Texas Medical Board and related agencies open. "And if they don't finish the review, unless there's a Safety Net Bill, those agencies just lose their authorization and disappear". "They stripped out our language".
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Based on the per diem rate of $190 per day for each member of the Legislature and the lieutenant governor, a special session could cost upward of $1 million for 30 days.
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AUSTIN- Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he will make an announcement later this week about whether he will call lawmakers into a special session.
During a special session, the governor picks the topics to be addressed and he can call lawmakers back as many times, for as many special sessions as he would like, until the Legislature produces what he wants.
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