As part of an ongoing fight regarding property tax relief, the Texas House adjourned the first special session after just one day.
Lawmakers in the Texas House ran out the clock to kill two measures that would have provided substantial protection against the abuses experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new program would replace the controversial Chapter 313 program opposed by Democrat and Republican activists.
Time appears to have run out for a measure that would place limits on Texans’ right to free speech.
Democrats in both chambers complained about a Senate effort to pass school choice by adding the program to a measure providing teacher pay raises.
After passing the Senate in April, the measure was never given a hearing in the House.
The Senate is the final hurdle before the proposal can be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott.
Attorney Tony McDonald said the move is “totally inappropriate and underhanded.”
Advocates for House Bill 5 said Texas needs a replacement for the defunct Chapter 313 program to maintain an economic advantage over other states.
Legislation authorizing Gov. Greg Abbott to partner with other states to secure the border awaits his signature as governors across the country respond to his plea for help with the ongoing crisis.