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Gov. Abbott announces special session to begin July 18

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that a special session will begin July 18. The first order of business: sunset legislation affecting five state regulatory agencies.

Sunset legislation will be the only item on the call until both chambers fix that first, he said.

Abbott then laid out 19 additional items to be added to the call of the special session after the sunset legislation passes, which the lieutenant governor estimates will take two to three days.

Abbott's 20-item special session agenda:

  1. Sunset legislation

  2. Teacher pay increase of $1,000

  3. Administrative flexibility in teacher hiring and retention practices

  4. School finance reform commission

  5. School choice for special needs students

  6. Property tax reform

  7. Caps on state and local spending

  8. Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land

  9. Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects

  10. Speeding up local government permitting process

  11. Municipal annexation reform

  12. Texting while driving preemption

  13. Privacy

  14. Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues

  15. Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers

  16. Pro-life insurance reform

  17. Strengthening abortion reporting requirements when health complications arise

  18. Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders

  19. Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud

  20. Extending maternal mortality task force

"As Governor, if I am going to call a special session, I intend to make it count," Abbott said.

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