Abbott: Announcement on special session later in week

Speaker of the House Joe Straus R San Antonio smiles as he bangs the gavel closing Sine Die on the Texas House in 2015

Abbott: Announcement on special session later in week

The next regular session isn't until 2019, but Gov. Greg Abbott hasn't said yet if call lawmakers back this summer to address some agency oversight bills. Both the Bathroom Bill and Property Tax Reform legislation are two key issues for the Lt. Governor that died in the final days of the session.

"When it gets to a special session, the time and topics are exclusively up to the governor of State of Texas, and, if we have a special session, convening only on the topics that I choose at the time of my choosing", Abbott said. 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. We're talking about a possible special legislative session.

The debate over the bathroom measure is largely one of scope. The House, meanwhile, prefers to limit the scope of their restrictions on transgender people to just school-age students, while providing transgender students with the option of using a single-stall facility if they so choose.

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

He said he would be making an announcement on the potential of a special session before the end of the week.

Abbott emphasized his power in the matter at the bill signing of House Bill 100, a bill that would create statewide blanket regulations for ride-hailing companies. Signatories include Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Apple's TIm Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Wilke, IBM Chairman Ginni Rometty, Microsoft Corp.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the CEOs made their case in a letter dated May 27.

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