Texas’ Third Special Session Likely Abbott’s Last Chance to Shore Up Platform as 2022 Primary Looms

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  • Source: The Texan
  • 09/14/2021
This summer has been marked by elongated quorum busts and fierce rhetoric interspersed with a brief period of legislating.

Those bills will largely be the record on which Governor Greg Abbott must campaign to secure re-election, and this upcoming third special session will likely be the last opportunity to add to that record.The legislature will convene on September 20 for the third special session of 2021. Abbott placed the following five items on the call:
  • Redistricting
  • Disbursement of $16 billion in federal coronavirus aid
  • Requirements that youth athletes compete within their biological sex
  • Curtailment of vaccine mandates by state and local government entities
  • Establishment of a criminal penalty for the unlawful restraint of a dog
Since his opponents first jumped into the race, Abbott has faced a barrage of criticism for everything from the porous southern border and initial death of the election bill to the House Democrats’ expatriation and lack of advancement on certain conservative priority legislation.
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