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Texas Governor Calls Special Session
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 7:00 AM

Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that there will be a special session of the Texas Legislature beginning July 18, 2017. The lawmakers are asked to pass Sunset legislation that will keep some state agencies from shuttering. After that, 19 items could be added, including the so-called bathroom bill that would regulate which restrooms transgender Texans can use, property taxes, raises for teachers, abortion bills, eliminating city codes, maternal mortality, union dues, and more.

The governor may call a special session at any time and for any reason but must state the purpose in the proclamation calling the legislators to special session. The only legislation that can be considered during the special session are the issues designated in the proclamation, but the governor may expand the call to include additional topics at any time.

Special sessions have a maximum limit of 30 days but have no minimum number of days. The Texas Constitution does not limit the number of special sessions a governor may call in between regular legislative sessions.

For more information, please contact Texas Credit Union Association President Jeff Huffman at 469-385-6488 or jhuffman@txcua.coop.