Abbott: Announcement on special session later in week

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Greg Abbott has said he plans to announce later this week whether he will call a special legislative session that would keep lawmakers in Austin until an ongoing dispute between the state House and Senate can be resolved, reports the Austin American-Statesman. They are also key issues for Governor Abbott though Abbott didn't start speaking out in favor of a bathroom bill until relatively late in the session.

Although the legislative session in Texas ends today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called on Friday for a special session devoted exclusively to passing his anti-transgender law.

"When it gets to a special session, the time and the topics are exclusively up to the governor in the state of Texas", Patrick said.

"The fix the House sent us doesn't work", he added."The only way to fix this is with a special session".

These charges are alone issued by the governor, however, despite calls by Patrick to issue a special session for his own priorities.

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A special session can last as long as 30 days and cost the state as much as $800,000.

On Sunday, House members of the Sunset Commission pointed to the Senate's decision to strip a key amendment from Senate Bill 1929 that would have saved some state agencies from closing their doors. It bars transgender students from choosing the bathroom they use, but allows schools to direct them to separate, single occupancy facilities.

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

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