Gov. Greg Abbott announced the items lawmakers can consider when they return Monday. His agenda also includes COVID vaccine mandates and the Colony Ridge development outside Houston.
The special session has long been expected, but it comes at a tense time in Texas politics. Last month, the state Senate acquitted Attorney General Ken Paxton in his impeachment trial, ratcheting up tensions with the House that overwhelmingly voted to impeach him in May. And the special session starts about a month before candidate filing begins for the March primary, heightening implications for members’ reelection prospects.
It remains unclear what exactly Abbott wants lawmakers to do with regard to Colony Ridge, though. His agenda only calls for “legislation concerning public safety, security, environmental quality, and property ownership in areas like” Colony Ridge.
Asked about teacher pay raises in August, Abbott told a reporter he is “fully committed” to such legislation but declined to commit to including it in this special session.
Source: Texas Tribune BY Patrick Svitek
Photo: Gov. Greg Abbott speaks about the 2023 regular legislative session at the Texas Public Policy Foundation offices in Austin, on June 2, 2023. Abbott ended the event by promising to call a special session for education savings accounts. Credit: Evan L’Roy/The Texas Tribune