"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.