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Texas Senate Passes Sunset Bill, Abbott Proclaims Rest Of Special Session Agenda

Governor Greg Abbott delayed proclaiming the remaining 19 items until the Senate extended the life of five state agencies, including the Texas Medical Board.

The Texas Senate has passed a sunset bill.

Governor Greg Abbott wasted no time in proclaiming the rest of his agenda for the special session. Andrew Schneider reports.


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Secretary of the Senate Patsy Spaw: "Bettencourt, Birdwell, Buckingham, Burton Campbell."

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick: "31 ayes, no nays. The bill is finally passed. Congratulations, Senator."


The Senate approved the sunset bill shortly before 1 in the morning. The legislation extends the life of five state agencies – including the Texas Medical Board — through September 2019. A House committee passed a companion bill Wednesday afternoon.


Governor Abbott had said he would not formally proclaim the other 19 items on his agenda until the Senate passed a sunset bill. Less than 15 minutes after it did, the Secretary of the Senate read the proclamation.


"...Legislation reforming the laws governing ad valorem property taxes. Legislation using population growth and inflation to establish a spending limit for state government. Legislation protecting the private property rights..."


That opened the floodgates. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick brought forward a motion to suspend Senate rules, in order to speed more than a dozen bills to committee hearings. Nearly half dealt with restricting abortions. Others dealt with transgender bathroom access. The motion passed on a party line vote.



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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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