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Capitol Watch: Governor calls for a special session
By State Representative Larry Phillips
Jul 14, 2017
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This week, Governor Abbott issued the proclamation for the first-called special session of the 85th Legislation.  The members will again convene for the special session on Tuesday, July 18.

Per the Texas Constitution, only items listed by the governor in his proclamation are able to be considered during a special session.  Items eligible for consideration are referred to as "the call." 

The call for this special session lists only one item: "Legislation to extend the expiration dates applicable to the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners." These are state agencies that were up for Sunset review, but the legislation providing for the continuation of these agencies failed to pass.  The governor's proclamation can be viewed at https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/special-session-proclamation-for-sunset-legislation.

At this time, this is the only issue on the call; however the governor can at any add items for consideration to the call at any time.  In fact, the governor has designated many other issues that he plans to add to the call once the sunset legislation has passed. One of these issues is a small increase in the average salary for teachers.  There seems to be support for this increase, however the legislature will need to find the funding.  A complete list of the items the governor may add to the call can be found at https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/supplemental-call.

A few weeks ago I wrote a column regarding the Texas Armed Services Scholarship for college-bound students who will participate in the ROTC.  If you or someone you know is interested in this scholarship, please contact my Austin office at 512-463-0297. 

You can contact my office by writing to P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910 or by emailing me at larry.phillips@house.texas.gov.    My district office phone number is (903) 891-7297.