Governor sets special session date for July 8

Tree-lined walkway leading to the Texas Capitol building

Last Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott set a date for a special legislative session: July 8. Abbott did not set the agenda for what can be considered in that special session yet. But he previously has stated that the session will at least cover Senate Bill 7, the voter suppression bill that failed to pass when Democratic House members walked out to break quorum in May.

Abbott has also previously mentioned the special session would include topics relating to HB 3979, the bill banning school curriculum on race and controversial issues. The governor signed that bill into law this month, saying “more must be done” in a special session.

It is likely that Abbott will call another special session for redistricting some time in the fall. The governor has the sole authority to set special sessions, which are limited to 30 days.