Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced his decision to ask Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session of the Texas Legislature on Twitter on Wednesday. Recalling the lawmakers back in July would present the opportunity to advance three bills that failed to pass the state House before the midnight deadline.
“Asking Greg Abbott to call a June #SpecialSession today to pass #SB29 to save girls sports, #SB10 to end taxpayer funded lobbying and #SB12 to stop social media censorship,” tweeted the Republican Lieutenant Governor. “The TxHouse killed these conservative bills that majority of Texans in both parties support.”
The three bills sought to ban transgender students from playing on sports teams based on their gender identity, prohibit local governments from using taxpayer funds to pay for lobbyists and advocacy groups, and prohibit social media companies from “censoring” Texans based on their political views.
In the hours leading up to the deadline, House Democrats attempted to delay the passage of conservative legislation through the lower chamber with an onslaught of questions and procedural objections to slow down the process.
The Texas Constitution allows the governor to call a 30-day special session “on extraordinary occasions,” in which lawmakers are limited to only the subjects designated in the governor’s proclamation. As lieutenant governor, Patrick may delay bringing up the final budget for a vote of approval—the only bill the Legislature is constitutionally required to pass—in order to call lawmakers back in July. Abbott has not yet responded to Patrick’s request.