It’s Time to Turn Up the Heat this Summer Special Session Needed to Keep Men out of Women’s Bathrooms!
Conservative Republicans of Texas
The 85th Texas Legislative Session has come to an end. Many of our priorities, including keeping men out of women’s bathrooms, showers and locker rooms (Senate Bill 6), property tax reform (Senate Bill 2), and school choice (Senate Bill 3), died on the vine in the Texas House. Conservative activists across the state are calling for a special session to finish the business the legislature left undone. Over the past few days, many have asked about the details of a special session. This article will help answer some of those questions.
What is a Special Session? A special session of the Texas Legislature is a convening of state lawmakers outside the constitutionally mandated 140-day regular session. The Texas Constitution says special sessions may last a maximum of 30 days but does not set a minimum duration.
Why didn’t the Texas Legislature pass Senate Bill 6, requiring men to stay out of women’s bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms? Joe Straus single-handedly killed SB 6. Specifically, he would not even allow our duly elected state representatives to vote on the bill. As you recall, SB 6 passed the Senate 21-10 and then sat on Speaker Joe Straus’ desk gathering dust for months. Speaker Straus is elected by his colleagues in the House. This mistake cannot happen again.
Thanks to the strong leadership of our Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and the conservative members of the Texas Senate, Governor Greg Abbott at a minimum must call a special session to reauthorize the Texas Medical Board under the Sunset provisions of Texas law. We are requesting that he also include the language found in SB 6. I am hopeful that Governor Abbott will not compromise on this issue. We must pass legislation to protect the privacy and safety of women and children in Texas.
When can a special session be called? Texas Constitution, Article 4, Section 8(a) allows the governor to call a special session at any time.
Are there any notice requirements? Texas Constitution, Article 4, Section 8(a) is applicable on this issue also. No notice is required.
What can the Texas Legislature consider during the special session?
Article 3, Section 40 of the Texas Constitution limits the issues to those chosen by the Governor.
How many issues can be dealt with during the special session?
Texas Constitution Article 3, Section 40 places no limitation on the number of topics a Governor can designate in a special session proclamation.
How many special sessions can be called? The Texas Constitution does not limit the number of special sessions a governor may call. There are two years between regular sessions. Additionally, the special sessions can be called back to back without a break in-between.
How long does a special session last? Texas Constitution Article 3, Section 40 limits special sessions to a maximum of thirty days but imposes no minimum.
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