Gov. Abbott calls special session

by | Jun 6, 2017 | Latest

From staff reports

[email protected]

Governor Greg Abbott today announced a legislative special session that will begin on July 18.  In his announcement, Gov. Abbott identified 20 items that will be included on the special session call.

“Considering all the successes of the 85th legislative session, we should not be where we are today,” said Gov. Abbott.

“A special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session. As governor, if I am going to call a special session, I intend to make it count.”

Gov. Abbott announced that he was calling the special session to address issues that were not resolved during the 85th Legislative Session.

Among the items included in Gov. Abbott’s call are property tax reform and relief for Texans.  The special session will last for thirty days.

“Texans need property tax reform right now,” said Gov. Abbott.  “If we are going to come together and work this summer at taxpayers expense, then let us work on relieving Texas homeowners from out of control property taxes.”

Gov. Abbot announces action to combat violent crime and gang-related activity in Harris County.

Gov. Abbott listed a total of nineteen additional items that will be added to the special session agenda as soon as sunset legislation, needed to keep agencies like the Texas Medical Board open, is passed out of the Texas Senate.

In addition to property taxes, other agenda items include legislation to increase teacher salaries, provide school choice for students with disabilities, examine ideas to reform the school finance system, keep state and local budget growth to population growth and inflation, and many others.

“Taxpayers know the truth, property tax bills are rising too quickly,” said Senator Paul Bettencourt. “As appraised values go up, tax rates needs need to come down.  I look forward to passing Senate Bill 2 as filed, including the rate rollback provisions, to bring about needed property tax reform and relief for all Texas taxpayers.”

In a prepared statement, Bettencourt stated that data shows widespread support for limiting the extent to which local governments can raise their property taxes, a concept similar to the rollback idea that the Texas Senate passed in their version of SB 2. 7 percent of overall voters supported that idea, with 88 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of Democrats, and 76 percent of Independents backing the proposal.  

Senate Bill 2 was based on over fifty hours of testimony, from hearings in seven cities throughout the State of Texas. 

“I am planning on tuning up Senate Bill 2 to make it better, and will be ready to file it,” concluded Senator Bettencourt.

President of Empower Texans, Michael Quinn Sullivan, offered his support of the governor’s decision.

“Texans insist on substantive property tax reform, and Gov. Abbott has answered their call,” said Sullivan. “The Senate fought for taxpayers this spring, but the House leadership refused to listen. Hopefully, for the sake of the state’s economy, if nothing else, the House’s obstructionist leadership will stand down so the property tax reform Texans so desperately need and want can finally be passed.”

Sullivan praised Gov. Abbott’s inclusion of 18 other pro-taxpayer reforms, such as state and local spending limits, once critical agency sunset legislation is passed.

Americans for Prosperity-Texas State Director Jerome Greener also praised Gov. Abbott on his decision to reconvene legislators.

“Our activists thank Gov. Abbott for his leadership in calling a special session focused on important conservative priorities. The Governor was right to recognize these issues cannot wait another two years. Whether it is giving local control of property taxes back to hard-working Texans or empowering parents with the decision rights to customize their kids’ education, the special session is an incredible opportunity to better the lives of tens of thousands of Texans. We will be encouraging lawmakers not to let this opportunity go to waste.  In addition, we will always encourage our Texas lawmakers to pursue the elimination of the franchise tax subsequently creating up to 130,000 net new jobs.”

Special session agenda items will include:

  • Sunset legislation
  • Teacher pay increase of $1,000
  • Administrative flexibility in teacher hiring and retention practices
  • School finance reform commission
  • School choice for special needs students
  • Property tax reform
  • Caps on state and local spending
  • Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land
  • Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects
  • Speeding up local government permitting process
  • Municipal annexation reform
  • Texting while driving preemption
  • Privacy
  • Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues
  • Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers
  • Pro-life insurance reform
  • Strengthening abortion reporting requirements when health complications arise
  • Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders
  • Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud
  • Extending maternal mortality task force

0 Comments

Related News

Farmersville loses to Caddo Mills

Farmersville loses to Caddo Mills

The Farmers (0-2, 2-5) allowed 43 unanswered, losing to Caddo Mills at home 50-24. Play of the Game: Caden Lemmon scores 80-yard touchdown run Midway through the second quarter, the Farmers trailed Caddo Mills (1-1, 5-2) by six points. After scoring on a 25-yard catch...

read more
Three keys to victory: Farmersville vs. Caddo Mills

Three keys to victory: Farmersville vs. Caddo Mills

Farmersville lost their district opener at Ford 67-27 last week. The Farmers host Caddo Mills Friday, Oct. 15. Here are three keys to a Farmers victory over the Panthers. Let Tidwell run The best player for Farmersville against Ford was senior tailback Brady Tidwell....

read more
Farmersville football loses to Ford

Farmersville football loses to Ford

The Farmers (0-1, 2-4) allowed 49 unanswered points in their district opener against Ford, losing to the Panthers in Quinlan (1-0, 6-0) 67-27. Play of the Game: Rowdy Rowan scores two first-quarter touchdowns This season, the Panthers have capitalized on a balanced...

read more
Gussie Nell Davis celebration Oct. 8-9

Gussie Nell Davis celebration Oct. 8-9

One day in 1940, Gussie Nell Davis got a call from Kilgore College in East Texas to form a group that would perform at halftime of college football games. She took the job and founded the Kilgore Rangerettes, an organization that has become part of Texas small-town...

read more
Born to Dance

Born to Dance

For seven years, Leslie Ellis has been leading the way, teaching precision dance moves to Farmersville High School to the Farmerettes. Through the years, the director of the Farmerettes said the program has grown from nine dancers to its current 32-person membership....

read more
Three keys to victory: Farmersville vs. Ford

Three keys to victory: Farmersville vs. Ford

After a bye week Farmersville enters district play at Quinlan to face Ford Friday, Oct. 8. Here are three keys to a Farmers victory over the Panthers. Establish the run Farmersville’s best strength on offense has been their rushing attack. Senior tailback Brady...

read more
Collin courthouse closed Monday, Tuesday

Collin courthouse closed Monday, Tuesday

The Collin County Courthouse is closed to the public and employees today and Tuesday because of an electrical outage, county officials said. The electrical outage at the Collin County Courthouse affects all escalators, elevators, fire pumps and chilled water pumps....

read more
Old Time Saturday returns Oct.2

Old Time Saturday returns Oct.2

Old Time Saturday, a long- standing community celebration that withstood a 1-year hiatus in 2020, is back this weekend with plenty of fun for everyone.  The Oct. 2 event is on, but with stipulations by city council that those who attend the outdoor event are...

read more
Farmersville loses to Van Alstyne

Farmersville loses to Van Alstyne

The Farmersville football team could not keep going offensively in the second and third quarters, as they lost their final pre-district game against Van Alstyne 40-18. Key Play of the Game: Gavin Montgomery completes a 70-yard touchdown pass. In the middle of the...

read more
Farmers run at Miller Grove

Farmers run at Miller Grove

The Farmersville cross country team returned to action at Miller Grove Thursday, Sept. 16. The Farmers’ times were generally slower than previous meets, though coach Jon Nordin said he wasn’t discouraged by the results. Aubrey Varner had the best finish for the...

read more