Governor Abbott adds 19 more items to Texas special session

Following passage of legislation in the Texas Senate to extend the expiration dates for 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, Governor Greg Abbott today formally added the remaining 19 items to the special session call.

“With the passage of this legislation in the Texas Senate, as promised, I’m immediately adding all the remaining items on my special session agenda," said Governor Abbott. "I look forward to continuing to work with both the Senate and House to get legislation on all these items to my desk.”

Here are the additional items added to the special session agenda by Abbott:

Legislation to increase the average salary and benefits (including TRS-Care) of Texas teachers; and legislation to provide a more flexible and rewarding salary and benefit system for Texas teachers.

Legislation establishing a statewide commission to study and recommend improvements to the current public school finance system; and other legislation relating to school finance, including Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR).

Legislation to empower parents of children with special needs or educational disadvantages to choose an educational provider that is best for their child.

Legislation reforming the laws governing ad valorem property taxes.

Legislation using population growth and inflation to establish a spending limit for state government.

Legislation using population growth and inflation to establish a spending limit for political subdivisions.

Legislation protecting the private property rights of land owners from political subdivision rules, regulations, or ordinances that interfere with, delay, or restrict private property owners’ ability to use or enjoy their property.

Legislation expediting the issuance of permits by political subdivisions and reforming the laws governing the issuance of permits by political

Legislation preventing political subdivisions from imposing on private property additional or enhanced regulations that did not exist at the time the property was acquired.

Legislation preempting local regulation of the use of hand-held mobile communication devices while driving.

Legislation regarding the use of multi-occupancy showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and changing rooms.

Legislation prohibiting state or local government entities from deducting labor union or employee organization membership fees or dues from the wages of public employees.

Legislation prohibiting financial transactions between a governmental entity and an abortion provider or affiliate of the abortion provider.

Legislation restricting health plan and health benefit plan coverage for abortions.

Legislation strengthening the laws applicable to the reporting of abortions and abortion complications to the State.

Legislation enhancing patient protections contained in the procedures and requirements for do-not-resuscitate orders.

Legislation enhancing the detection, prosecution, and elimination of mail-in ballot fraud.

Legislation continuing the operation and expanding the duties of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force to ensure action is taken to reduce the maternal mortality rate in Texas.

Legislation adjusting the scheduling of Sunset Commission review of state agencies.

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