Special Session agenda announced

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation today announcing the eleven agenda items for the Special Session that will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 8.

Agenda items will include:

  • 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.
  • Border Security: Legislation providing funding 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 users from being censored by social-media companies 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 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 additional available general 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.

View the Governor’s proclamation.

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