Amid calls on the right for a special session to pass conservative legislation that died in the House, Governor Greg Abbott says lawmakers should hold off on talk of another session until the current one is completed.
Several of the more conservative members of the Texas House, along with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, are calling for a special session to include legislation keeping biological males out of girls’ sports and a ban on taxpayer funded lobbying. In Texas only the governor has the power to call a special session.
Abbott responded by suggesting that calls for a special session are premature.
“Some are trying to end the game before the time clock has run out,” the governor said on Twitter. “There’s still time remaining for the House & Senate to work together to get important conservative legislation to my desk. Both chambers need to be spending every minute of every day to accomplish that mission.”
Abbott’s statement seems to contradict the calendar deadlines outlined in the House and Senate rules, which can be viewed here. The calendar makes it very clear that May 26 was the last day the House could vote on Senate bills. The clock has already run out on SB 10, SB 12, SB 29, and all other bills passed by the senate and placed on the House calendar.