Texas Legislature's special session agenda to include election integrity, critical race theory

Gov. Greg Abbott announced his special session priorities July 7. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper).
Gov. Greg Abbott announced his special session priorities July 7. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper).

Gov. Greg Abbott announced his special session priorities July 7. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper).

Gov. Greg Abbott announced his priorities for the special session following the 87th Legislature on July 7. The special session will begin July 8, and the agenda includes eleven pieces of legislation that did not make it to his desk during the regular session.

"The 87th legislative session was a monumental success for the people of Texas, but we have unfinished business to ensure that Texas remains the most exceptional state in America,” he said in a statement. "These special session priority items put the people of Texas first and will keep the Lone Star state on a path to prosperity. I look forward to working with my partners in the Legislature to pass this legislation as we build a brighter future for all who call Texas home."


Abbott’s agenda items include:

  • Reforming the state’s bail system to protect the public from accused criminals who may be released on bail;

  • Strengthening the integrity of elections in Texas;

  • Funding strategies included in the statewide border security plan;

  • Providing a “legal remedy” for those wrongfully excluded from social media platforms and otherwise protecting users’ freedom of speech by preventing censorship by social media companies;

  • Providing appropriations to the Legislature in Article X of the General Appropriations Act;

  • Requiring schools to provide appropriate education to secondary students about dating violence, domestic violence and child abuse while recognizing parents’ rights to opt out of such instruction;

  • Prohibiting a student from competing in University Interscholastic League athletic competitions designated for the sex opposite of the student’s sex at birth;

  • Prohibiting the provision of abortion-inducing drugs by mail or delivery service and strengthening the laws related to the reporting of abortions;

  • Legislation relating to a one-time supplemental payment of benefits under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas;

  • Legislation concerning the teaching of critical race theory in public schools; and

  • Providing additional revenue for property tax relief, children’s safety in the state’s foster care system and cybersecurity protection.

By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.



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