– Governor Abbott
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – "The Texas Legislature now has the opportunity to redraw Legislative & Congressional Districts in accordance with the new census numbers. In addition to redistricting, there are still issues remaining that are critical to building a stronger and brighter future for all Texans," said Gov. Abbott, announcing he will convene a 3rd Special Legislative Session at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 20th, 2021.
The proclamation identifies 5 agenda items for the 3rd Special Session.
Agenda items for the third Special Session will include:
- Legislation relating to the apportionment of the State of Texas into districts used to elect members of the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Senate, the State Board of Education, and the United States House of Representatives.
- Legislation providing appropriations from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), Pub. L. No. 117-2.
- Legislation identical to Senate Bill 29 as passed by the Texas Senate in the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, disallowing a student from competing in University Interscholastic League athletic competitions designated for the sex opposite to the student's sex at birth.
- Legislation regarding whether any state or local governmental entities in Texas can mandate that an individual receive a COVID-19 vaccine and, if so, what exemptions should apply to such mandate.
- Legislation similar to Senate Bill 474 as passed by the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, but that addresses the concerns expressed in the governor's veto statement.
Governor Greg Abbott also issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 as the special election date for the Texas State House of Representatives District 118 seat recently vacated by Representative Leo Pacheco.
Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021.
Early voting will begin on Monday, September 20, 2021.