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What’s Likely On The Agenda For The Special Session (June 23, 2021)

On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: We discuss what legislative priorities will likely be on Gov. Abbott’s agenda for the special session of the Texas Legislature, which is slated to begin July 8.

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On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Gov. Greg Abbott has set a special session of the Texas Legislature beginning July 8. We discuss what legislative priorities might be included on the agenda for the session (which the governor sets) and all the latest news in our weekly political roundup.

Plus: One of the pieces of legislation from the recently-concluded regular session the governor vetoed is Senate Bill 474, which would expand animal cruelty laws, criminalizing unlawful restraint of a dog. We learn why he vetoed the bill, and Houston animal rights advocates offer their reactions.

Also this hour: Knocking out a flight attendant’s teeth. Passengers helping detain an unruly off-duty flight attendant. What's the deal with all the recent incidents of unruly behavior in the air?

And longtime Houston political operative Bill King changes parties — but he’s not exactly crossing the aisle. We learn where he's headed and why.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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