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Texas Legislature Special Session Begins Today
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:00 AM

The special session of the Texas Legislature, called by Gov. Greg Abbott, begins today in Austin. When the regular session ended on May 29, some necessary legislation had not been completed. The governor called the Legislature back into session and gave legislators 20 issues to work on.

The first item to be addressed is the sunset legislation that will keep open the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. Agencies under sunset review are abolished unless the Legislature passes the legislation that allows the agencies to continue.

Abbott has indicated that once the Texas Legislature addresses the agencies subject to being sunsetted, he plans to add the following items to the list of subjects that can be addressed:

  • A teacher pay raise
  • Giving school administrators flexibility in teacher hiring and retention
  • School finance reform
  • School choice for special-needs students
  • Rollback elections for property tax increases
  • Caps on state and local spending
  • Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land
  • Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects
  • Speeding up local government permitting processes
  • Municipal annexation reform
  • Preventing local entities from passing their own texting-while-driving bans
  • Restrictions on bathroom use by gender
  • Prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues
  • Prohibiting the use of taxpayer funding to subsidize health providers that also perform abortion
  • Requiring women to get separate insurance policies to cover non-emergency abortions
  • Increasing existing reporting requirements when complications arise during abortions
  • Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders
  • Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud
  • Extending the state's maternal mortality task force

Special sessions can last 30 days and the governor can call as many special sessions as he deems necessary.

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