Tex. Lege Not Through Yet

Sep 9, 2021 by

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“Tex. Lege Not Through Yet”

By Donna Garner


Yesterday on 9.7.21, Gov. Greg Abbott called for a Third Special Session of the Texas Legislature.  He announced that the agenda will include such items as passing legislation that will put restrictions on transgender student athletes, deciding whether state or local governments can mandate COVID-19 vaccines, handling redistricting issues, and deciding how to allocate $16 B in federal COVID-19 relief funds.

GOOD NEWS:  On 9.7.21, Gov. Abbott officially signed into law Senate Bill 1 which will take effect on 12.2.21 — just in time for the 2022 primary elections (final enrolled version — https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=872&Bill=SB1). 

Gov. Abbott and the Texas Legislature still have not passed legislation to ban puberty blockers nor cross-sex hormones from being used on children for sex transition. These gender modification practices that include chemicals and surgeries must be stopped in Texas.  Please strongly request that Gov. Abbott add this issue to the call so that these bills can be considered in the Third Special Session.  

Quote from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick – Chair of the Texas Senate – sent out as the Senate adjourned its Second Special Called Session on 9.2.21:

“As we finish this week, I am very proud to say that the Texas Senate completed one of the greatest weeks for Republican legislation in Texas, and perhaps, American history. Tonight, we set the foundation for conservative, common sense policy. The cornerstones of this foundation start with Senate Bill 1, the Election Integrity Bill, which makes it easier to vote and harder to cheat. Another cornerstone, Senate Bill 8, the Heartbeat Bill, has already been allowed to be enacted by the United States Supreme Court. The third cornerstone is Senate Bill 3, Banning Critical Race Theory in our schools. No student should be called an oppressor or a victim. Every student deserves to dream big in our great country. The final cornerstone was investing an additional $1.8 billion to secure our border, because the federal government is not doing their job.

“These are conservative cornerstones that will keep Texas, Texas. These tremendous victories were the result of countless hours of teamwork and collaboration by the Texas Senate. We still have unfinished business to complete on the Fair Sports for Women and Girls Act. The Senate has passed that bill 4 times, and it has failed in the House. I have asked Gov. Abbott to place it on the special session call later this month, and we will pass it again.

“As this week ends, I could not be more proud of your Texas Senators and the bills we have sent to Gov. Abbott to be signed into law.”

Donna Garner


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