Today marks the opening of the Special Session of the 85th Texas Legislature called by Governor Greg Abbott to address unfinished business from the regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature, which lasted January 10 through May 29.
On Governor Abbott’s 20-item list, 19 will be addressed after the Legislature passes the necessary sunset bills. The items on the call for the special session reflect the values of the majority of Texans: Life, property tax reform, school choice, privacy in public restrooms, election integrity, and more.
With the conservative, Pro-Life majorities in both the state Senate and in the Texas House of Representatives, there is no excuse for failure in passing all 20 of these bills, including several important Pro-Life measures. Each and every activist and concerned Texan must watch each and every bill that is of interest because the leadership of the Texas House of Representatives is already working to undermine Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick. #PassThemAll
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who oversaw the Pro-Life victories of the regular session, has indicated he will ensure the governor’s Pro-Life priorities will be moved quickly out of the state Senate this summer. Unfortunately, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus (R-San Antonio), has already indicated that his chamber is not interested in the governor’s agenda, signaling that Texans can expect the obstructionism by which the Texas House is known to prevail at the expense of important Pro-Life bills, not to mention at the expense of the lives of unborn children.
Straus’s stranglehold on the House already led to the death of many priority Pro-Life bills in the regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature. The Pro-Life House members were forced to work around Straus and his crony Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) after Cook unilaterally killed the Dismemberment Abortion Ban, which eventually passed as an amendment only due to the bold action of conservative members and the House Freedom Caucus.
Today marks the opening of the Special Session of the 85th Texas Legislature called by Governor Greg Abbott to address unfinished business from the regular sess
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