• The session started on July 8. But since July 12, House Democrats left for Washington, D.C., busting quorum and freezing progress on election integrity legislation.

  • The current special session is slated to end on August 6. Gov. Greg Abbott has indicated he will call repeated sessions until they return.

  • Despite threats from Abbott, however, no Democrats have been arrested or compelled to return to the Capitol.

Sports takes center stage in the Senate

  • With the Senate having passed most of the special session agenda in the first two weeks, they are turning their attention to college sports.

  • With news last week that the University of Texas would be leaving the Big 12 Conference for the Southeastern Conference, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick formed a Select Committee on the Future of College Sports in Texas. They meet at 1pm on Monday, August 2.

  • Some lawmakers worry the move could jeopardize other schools—such as Baylor and Texas Tech—along with their local economies.

Biden Administration Suing Texas

  • The Biden administration has filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas, after Gov. Greg Abbott released an executive order earlier last week prohibiting private companies and nonprofits from transporting illegal aliens from the southern border into other parts of the state.

  • The lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in El Paso.

 

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