Gov. Abbott calls Special Session

No one who serves in the 85th Legislature was surprised by Governor Greg Abbott’s call for a special session to convene on Tuesday, June 18. When the regular session adjourned on Memorial Day, most of the legislators knew that there were critical items which did not pass both houses that would bring us back in special session. 

The primary reason the special session has been called is to pass legislation to continue the Texas Medical Board and several other licensing agencies. Such legislation, known as a “sunset  bill” is necessary to prevent the automatic closing of a state agency after a pre-determined amount of time. The Governor emphasized that no other issues would be placed on the agenda until after the sunset bills pass. 

After the sunset legislation is passed, the Governor said he will put an additional 19 items on the call of the special session. Those items are:

  • A teacher pay raise of $1,000;
  • Giving school administrators flexibility in teacher hiring and retention;
  • School finance reform;

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