Abbott won't say yet whether he'll call a special session for

Raquel Nash
May 30, 2017

The A-F accountability system, which was approved by lawmakers last session, wasn't received well by schools and public education advocates.

"The fix the House sent us doesn't work", he added."The only way to fix this is with a special session". Now Gov. Greg Abbott must decide whether to call lawmakers into session.

The last two issues, in particular, have been a source of disagreement between Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate and wants both bills to pass, and House Speaker Joe Straus, who has previously said he does not see the need for a "bathroom bill".

When Abbott was asked if he was feeling any pressure from Patrick on a special session, he said "None".

Based on the per diem rate of $190 per day for each member of the Legislature and the lieutenant governor, a special session could cost upward of $1 million for 30 days.

Abbott made the announcement during a press conference at the Texas Department of Transportation where he signed a bill into law creating state regulations for ride-hailing companies.

Texas' legislative session was winding down Sunday, with an all but dead "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people caught in a clash between mainstream Republicans and the most conservative wing of the party.

Chances of a special session increased dramatically over the weekend when "sunset" legislation died. He says, as of this writing, the reason lawmakers could head to a special session is a yet un-passed and "phenomenally boring" piece of legislation - the Sunset Safety Net Bill.

Only the Governor can call a special session and lawmakers are only allowed to take up the issues that the Governor sets.

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