Abbott: 2nd Special Session Begins Saturday

 

AUSTIN, TX – Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing that he will convene a second special legislative session at 12:00 p.m. on August 7, 2021. The proclamation identifies 17 agenda items for the second Special Session.

"The Texas Legislature achieved a great deal during the 87th Legislative Session, and they have a responsibility to finish the work that was started," said Governor Abbott. "I will continue to call special session after special session to reform our broken bail system, uphold election integrity, and pass other important items that Texans demand and deserve. Passing these Special Session agenda items will chart a course towards a stronger and brighter future for the Lone Star State."

Agenda items for the second Special Session will include: 

BAIL REFORM: Legislation reforming the bail system in Texas to protect the public from accused criminals who may be released on bail.

ELECTION INTEGRITY: Legislation strengthening the integrity of elections in Texas.

FEDERAL RELIEF APPROPRIATIONS: Legislation providing appropriations from unappropriated available revenues for COVID-19-related healthcare expenses, such as those listed below, taking into consideration the approximately $10.5 billion in funds received by local governments intended to be used on COVID-19 from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021(ARPA), Pub. L. No. 117-2:

  • healthcare staffing needs, including physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals;
  • establishing, staffing, and operating alternative care sites;
  • supporting the operations of nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities;
  • vaccine administration;
  • testing sites;
  • supplies and equipment, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators; and
  • standing up and operating infusion centers.

EDUCATION: Legislation providing strategies for public-school education in prekindergarten through twelfth grade during the COVID-19 pandemic, which ensures:

  • students receive a high-quality education and progress in their learning;
  • in-person learning is available for any student whose parent wants it;
  • the wearing of face coverings is not mandatory; and
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are always voluntary.

BORDER SECURITY: Legislation enhancing criminal laws or providing funding from unappropriated available revenues to support law-enforcement agencies, counties, and other strategies as part of Texas’ comprehensive border security plan.

SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP: Legislation safeguarding the freedom of speech by protecting social-media and email users from being censored based on the user’s expressed viewpoints, including by providing a legal remedy for those wrongfully excluded from a platform.

ARTICLE X FUNDING: Legislation providing appropriations from unappropriated available revenues to the Legislature and legislative agencies in Article X of the General Appropriations Act.

FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION: Legislation similar to Senate Bill 1109 from the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, requiring schools to provide appropriate education to middle- and high-school students about dating violence, domestic violence, and child abuse, but that recognizes the right of parents to opt their children out of the instruction.

YOUTH SPORTS: Legislation identical to Senate Bill 29 as passed by the Texas Senate in the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, disallowing a student from competing in University Interscholastic League athletic competitions designated for the sex opposite to the student’s sex at birth.

ABORTION-INDUCING DRUGS: Legislation similar to Senate Bill 394 from the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, which prohibits people from providing abortion-inducing drugs by mail or delivery service, strengthens the laws applicable to the reporting of abortions and abortion complications, and ensures that no abortion-inducing drugs arc provided unless there is voluntary and informed consent.

THIRTEENTH CHECK: Legislation similar to House Bill 3507 from the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to a “thirteenth check” or one-time supplemental payment of benefits under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

CRITICAL RACE THEORY: Legislation similar to House Bill 3979 concerning critical race theory as originally passed by the Texas Senate in the 87th Legislature, Regular Session.

APPROPRIATIONS: Legislation providing appropriations from unappropriated available revenues for the following purposes:

  • property-tax relief;
  • enhanced protection for the safety of children in Texas’ foster-care system by attracting and retaining private providers for the system; and
  • to better safeguard the state from potential cybersecurity threats.

PRIMARY ELECTIONS: Legislation modifying the filing periods and related election dates, including any runoffs, for primary elections held in Texas in 2022.

RADIOACTIVE WASTE: Legislation reforming the laws governing radioactive waste to protect the safety of Texans, including by further limiting the ability to store and transport high-level radioactive materials in this state.

EMPLOYMENT: Legislation shielding private employers and employees from political subdivision rules, regulations, ordinances, and other actions that require any terms of employment that exceed or conflict with federal or state law relating to any form of employment leave, hiring practices, employment benefits, or scheduling practices.

STATE LEGISLATURE: Legislation relating to legislative quorum requirements.

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First republicans wanted to ban medical procedures, now they want to ban medications you can take. Think about the implications that this may have if this continues. They are already against vaccines, will they attempt to ban those next? 

Same thing they are doing with elections, except they know they can't outright ban citizens from voting, they will essentially make it extremely difficult for citizens to vote by limiting hours and limiting polling places. They are also attempting to make it so that to get a mail in ballot there will be multiple hoops citizens have to jump through. All in a state where there is no issue of whether or not the election was fair. Even in "contested" states republican run investigations have come up with no proof whatsoever of any voter fraud, not to mention the 60+ court cases that were thrown out for lack of evidence, most by trump appointed judges no less. The real fraud is these voter suppression bills that republicans are pushing through, which will allow them to toss results of election that don't go in their favor. There was a massive protest in Austin that lasted 4 days last week over these voter suppression laws, right wing news didn't report it, they don't want you to be informed.

The social media censorship is hilarious, given that republicans were in full support of businesses refusing to serve gay people a while back, some states even considered bills back in 2014 allowing a business to do so. But now they say that when their blatant propaganda and misinformation is called out they can't be banned? They want to be able to ban you, but you can't ban them.

They also want to ban what is taught in schools, they want to force their religion upon schools, but the actual history of the United States is not allowed because it may make them look bad.

Republicans are doing a whole lot of banning lately, so much for that "cancel culture" they are always crying about huh?

Omg take a breath. And try reading the article! Republicans aren’t trying to “ban the medications you can take”, they want to prohibit the delivery of abortion inducing drugs by mail and without informed consent ;)

 

It's just the beginning, republicans are creeping their way into controlling everyone's healthcare and medical decisions, it's only a matter of time before they decide they are against something else, like they are with vaccines, and attempt to ban those. Republicans don't care about Americans and Americans healthcare, they have already proven that multiple times.

The affordable care act is still in place, millions of Americans have at least some sort of Healthcare that they didn't have before. Of note is that was originally a republican bill. 

You lie about and/or spin everything! Republicans are not against vaccines they’re against mandates there’s a difference ;)

Jeff L, Mon, 08/09/2021 - 10:18

the immigration influx is really bad, especially when most of the RED states border mexico, where most of the illegal crossings happen. and where most of the corona cases come from.

If democrats had their way they would force vaccinate everyone over the age of two… never mind the fact that the “vaccine” has not been fully approved by the FDA or that an estimated 70 million people have already had covid and therefore possess natural immunity due to the antibodies.

Democrats are simply playing politics anything and everything to make their vaccination numbers look good! If not this “variant” then the next because, deep in their dark little hearts, they want to stretch this thing out through the midterms so they can justify changing the voting rules like they did prior to the 2020 election ;)

Republicans claim to distrust government agency's, yet here you are saying that you want to have a government agency approve something before you are satisfied, really interesting to say the least.

And republicans are already running through voter suppression bills in basically every state, so don't talk about democrats allowing mail in voting for everyone, which was obviously secure, as multiple republican run investigations in multiple states have shown. You guys are just a sore losers and can't stand that your guy lost (January 6th is proof enough of that), so your side is trying to rig the rules, it is all very obvious to anyone paying attention.

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