Gov. Abbott announces second special session agenda

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the date for a second special legislative session. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott announced the date for a second special legislative session. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the date for a second special legislative session. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation that he will convene a second special legislative session Aug. 7 to focus on 17 agenda items.

According to a news release, the second special session will covering the following items:

  • bail reform: legislation reforming the bail system in Texas to protect the public from accused criminals who may be released on bail;

  • election integrity: legislation strengthening the integrity of elections in Texas;

  • federal relief appropriates: legislation providing appropriations from unappropriated available revenue for COVID-19-related health care expenses, taking into consideration the approximately $10.5 billion in funds received by local governments intended to be used on COVID-19 from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021(ARPA);

  • education: legislation providing strategies for public school education in prekindergarten through 12th grade during the COVID-19 pandemic, which ensures students receive a high-quality education and progress in their learning; in-person learning is available for any student whose parent wants it; the wearing of face coverings is not mandatory; and COVID-19 vaccinations are always voluntary;

  • border security: legislation enhancing criminal laws or providing funding from unappropriated available revenue to support law-enforcement agencies, counties and other strategies as part of Texas’ comprehensive border security plan;

  • social media censorship: legislation safeguarding the freedom of speech by protecting social media and email users from being censored based on the user’s expressed viewpoints, including by providing a legal remedy for those wrongfully excluded from a platform;

  • Article X funding: legislation providing appropriations from unappropriated available revenue to the Legislature and legislative agencies in Article X of the General Appropriations Act.

  • family violence prevention: legislation similar to Senate Bill 1109 from the 87th Legislature, regular session, requiring schools to provide appropriate education to middle- and high school students about dating violence, domestic violence and child abuse, but that recognizes the right of parents to opt their children out of the instruction;

  • youth sports: legislation identical to Senate Bill 29 as passed by the Texas Senate in the 87th Legislature, regular session, disallowing a student from competing in University Interscholastic League athletic competitions designated for the sex opposite to the student’s sex at birth;

  • abortion-inducing drugs: legislation similar to Senate Bill 394 from the 87th Legislature, regular session, which prohibits people from providing abortion-inducing drugs by mail or delivery service, strengthens the laws applicable to the reporting of abortions and abortion complications, and ensures that no abortion-inducing drugs are provided unless there is voluntary and informed consent;

  • thirteenth check: legislation similar to House Bill 3507 from the 87th Legislature, regular session, relating to a “thirteenth check” or one-time supplemental payment of benefits under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

  • critical race theory: legislation similar to House Bill 3979 concerning critical race theory as originally passed by the Texas Senate in the 87th Legislature, regular session

  • appropriations: legislation providing appropriations from unappropriated available revenue for the following purposes: property tax relief; enhanced protection for the safety of children in Texas’ foster care system by attracting and retaining private providers for the system; and to better safeguard the state from potential cybersecurity threats;

  • primary elections: legislation modifying the filing periods and related election dates, including any runoffs, for primary elections held in Texas in 2022;

  • radioactive waste: legislation reforming the laws governing radioactive waste to protect the safety of Texans, including by further limiting the ability to store and transport high-level radioactive materials in this state;

  • employment: legislation shielding private employers and employees from political subdivision rules, regulations, ordinances, and other actions that require any terms of employment that exceed or conflict with federal or state law relating to any form of employment leave, hiring practices, employment benefits, or scheduling practices; and

  • state Legislature: legislation relating to legislative quorum requirements.



The second special legislative session will begin at noon on Aug. 7.



Editor's note: This story was updated to include a correction to the starting date of the special legislative session. The session begins Aug. 7.

By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


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