Gov. Abbott Announces Special Session, Declares Items to Be Included

By TLTA Staff
June 8, 2017

On Tuesday, June 6, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that a special session will begin on July 18, 2017. Please note that while title insurance is not one of the 20 items, TLTA will of course still monitor the session closely for any impact to our industry. 
According to the Office of the Governor's website, the following 20 items will be included: 
1. Sunset legislation 
2. Teacher pay increase of $1,000 
3. Administrative flexibility in teacher hiring and retention practices 
4. School finance reform commission 
5. School choice for special needs students 
6. Property tax reform 
7. Caps on state and local spending 
8. Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land 
9. Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects 
10. Speeding up local government permitting process 
11. Municipal annexation reform 
12. Texting while driving preemption 
13. Privacy 
14. Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues 
15. Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers 
16. Pro-life insurance reform 
17. Strengthening abortion reporting requirements when health complications arise 
18. Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders 
19. Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud 
20. Extending maternal mortality task force