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Gov. Abbott announces third special legislative session, agenda

Redistricting
Posted at 5:56 PM, Sep 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-07 19:12:23-04

Gov. Abbott announced that a third special legislative session will convene on Monday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

The Governor issued a proclamation on Tuesday, which identified five agenda items for the upcoming special session. The 87th Legislature will consider and act on topics including restrictions regarding transgender student-athletes, vaccine mandates, and redistricting.

"The Texas Legislature now has the opportunity to redraw legislative and congressional districts in accordance with the new census numbers," said Governor Abbott. "In addition to redistricting, there are still issues remaining that are critical to building a stronger and brighter future for all Texans."

Agenda items for the third Special Session will include:

  • Legislation relating to the apportionment of the State of Texas into districts used to elect members of the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Senate, the State Board of Education, and the United States House of Representatives.
  • Legislation providing appropriations from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), Pub. L. No. 117-2.
  • 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.
  • Legislation regarding whether any state or local governmental entities in Texas can mandate that an individual receive a COVID-19 vaccine and, if so, what exemptions should apply to such mandate.
  • Legislation similar to Senate Bill 474 as passed by the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, but that addresses the concerns expressed in the governor's veto statement.

Senate Bill 474 bans restraining dogs outside with heavy chains, Gov. Abbott had vetoed the bill earlier this year.

"Such other subjects as may be submitted by the Governor from time to time after the session convenes," said the proclamation signed on Tuesday.