8 things to know about Texas' special legislative session

Texas governor announces special session

1. SESSION STARTS JULY 18
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday he’s calling a special legislative session to begin July 18. Abbott said the special session was unavoidable.


2. "BATHROOM BILL" IS BACK
There are 19 items he is asking legislators to take up, including a so-called “bathroom bill”


3. DALLAS ON ABBOTT'S MIND
Governor Abbott is calling for a tightening of mail-in ballot rules after the voter fraud investigation in Dallas.  WFAA first broke the story. View our reports:

  • Villalba: AG should join Dallas voter fraud investigation
  • Whistleblower alleges voter fraud extends into Dallas County elections office


4. TEXTING AND DRIVING BAN
The announcement comes on the same day the governor signed into law a statewide ban on texting and driving. The ban will go into effect on September 1, 2017.

5. PROPERTY TAX ROLLBACK
He will ask the legislature to pass a property tax rollback bill that lets voters decide whether property taxes will increase by a certain percent.

6. MORE PAY FOR TEACHERS
Governor Abbott is asking for legislation to increase teacher pay by $1,000. 

7. SCHOOL FINANCE OVERHAUL
Overhaul of the school finance system adding there’s too much overhead.  School finance died in the regular legislative session

8. SCHOOL CHOICE
Gov. Abbott called for “school choice” for special needs children.
 

 

What is a special session? According to our media partners at the Texas Tribune: 

  • 'A special session of the Texas Legislature is a convening of state lawmakers outside the constitutionally mandated 140-day regular session. The Texas Constitution says special sessions may last a maximum of 30 days but does not set a minimum duration.

    Click to visit The Texas Tribune for the full background.

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