Lawmakers convened in the Texas capital for what is certain to be another contentious special session. This will be the third special session called by Governor Greg Abbott in 2021 after an intensely partisan regular legislative session.
Republicans were able to successfully shepherd through one of the most conservative agendas in state history only two years after taking a more conciliatory approach in 2019. Most notably, Republicans passed legislation restricting abortion, tightened election laws, and loosened rules on open carry of firearms.
Why has Governor Abbott called so many special sessions in 2021?
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Redistricting tops agenda of third Texas Legislative special session
Fox 7 Austin
Redistricting, Transgender Athletes & COVID Mandates On Agenda Of Texas’ 3rd Special Session
21 CBS DFW
Gov. Greg Abbott adds additional items to third special session agenda
Texas Property Tax Relief Bill Passes State Senate Hours After Being Added To The Special Session Agenda
Houston Public Media
News Articles (Analysis):
Non-redistricting special session priorities may deepen partisan divide
With Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s blessing, lawmakers fast-track property tax cut proposal
Focus shifts to redistricting as Senate passes most of Governor’s agenda
Corsicana Daily Sun
What’s Next For The Transgender Student Athlete Bill That’s Causing Heat In The Texas Legislature
Texas Public Radio
Writing: Explain why Governor Abbott has endorsed such a conservative agenda during the regular legislative session and the subsequent special sessions. Why are some interpreting Governor Abbott’s actions as preliminary for a presidential run?
Debate: Should the governor of Texas have sole power to call special sessions?
Poll: Should the state legislature or an independent commission be responsible for redrawing district lines in Texas?
Short Answer: Does the controversial legislation recently passed by the Texas legislature potentially impact the state’s ability to attract people from other states?
A special session lasts for
a. 14 days.
b. 140 days.
c. 3 days.
d. 30 days.
Redistricting is traditionally done every _____ years.
a. 2 years
b. 4 years
c. 10 years
d. 20 years
How much would the average Texan receive in property tax relief if proposed legislation were to pass?
The agenda of the third special session included a ban on abortions after six weeks. (T/F)
The legislature redraws district maps for Texas members of the U.S. House, state house, state senate, and state board of education. (T/F)
Governor Greg Abbott is running unopposed in the Republican primary for governor. (T/F)