Special Session Begins Tuesday at the State Capitol

By Don Morgan and Pilar Arias

State Lawmakers are back in Austin as they dive in to a special legislative session.

They couldn’t get a number of bills passed during the regular session but State Senator Donna Campbell feels they will be very productive during the next 30 days.

Senator Campbell took a few minutes to talk about her expectations leading into the special session.

She says many of the bills they’ll be taking up were already passed in the Senate during regular session and she doesn’t see any reason why they won’t get passed again. She says the House is where most of the proposals could get hung up.

Senator Campbell says controversial bills including school, choice, equal rights and property tax relief could make for some long days for Lawmakers.

On the other side of the aisle, Democrats have their own expectations.

 “Everyone from the Texas Supreme Court to parents, teachers, property tax payers and legislators know the school finance system is broken,” Rep. Donna Howard (Dist. 48) said. Sen. Jose Rodriguez (Dist. 29) also said school finance was a major issue he hoped would be fixed.

Some attendees of the press conference said they would not support a bathroom bill and even called on lawmakers to focus on real issues regarding kids, health, the economy and communities.

“Texas voters are sick of Republican leadership, particularly Dan Patrick, focusing on non issues like the bathroom bill,” Rep. Chris Turner (Dist. 101) said.

Stay with 550 KTSA and FM 107.1 for developments from the special session.

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