Governor Abbott – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said state lawmakers went above and beyond in the Third Special Session to address critical issues that will secure a brighter future for Lone Star State.

The third special session ended early Tuesday morning with a flurry of last-minute activity at the State Capitol.

Last month, the governor tasked lawmakers with redrawing the state’s political maps, deciding how to use 2021 American Rescue Plan Act funds to aid recovery from COVID-19, blocking vaccination mandates and prevent transgender youth from playing on sports teams that track their gender identity and not the sex on their birth certificates.

“The Texans have tasked the Legislature with implementing these priorities, and I’m proud to say that not only have we implemented these priorities, but the Legislature has gone above and beyond to address other critical issues to ensure an even brighter future for the Lone Star State, “Abbott said in a statement.

Texas Republicans have endorsed redesigned U.S. House maps that favor incumbent candidates and diminish political representation for growing minority communities, even though Latinos are responsible for much of the growth in the United States. largest red state in the country. Although the legislative maps have been passed by both the State House and Senate, they are already being challenged in the courts.

“The Legislature has successfully passed an innovative distribution program for ARPA funding – appropriating billions of dollars to bolster COVID-19 recovery, public safety, broadband infrastructure, cybersecurity, health care, etc. Legislation was passed that secured a vote on a constitutional amendment that will provide property tax relief to Texas homeowners, ”Abbott said.“ Both houses also passed legislation to protect the integrity of Texas high school sports, strengthen higher education, protect dogs from cruelty and abuse, and expand access to scholarships for children of deceased first responders. “

Most of the governor’s articles have been passed, although the vaccination mandate and an increased penalty for illegal voting do not reach the governor’s office. Abbott’s executive order banning vaccination warrants remains in effect although President Biden’s proclamation ordering the vaccination warrant supersedes his own.

Abbott has not said whether he will convene a fourth special session.

An early vote is underway across Texas for a “uniform election,” in which eight proposed amendments to the state constitution passed by state lawmakers this season will be on the ballot, some of which will be on the ballot. which are direct responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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