Thirty-eight days into the legislative session, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is slated to hold the latest state of the state address in more than 30 years.

On February 16 at 7 p.m., Abbott will update the Texas Legislature on his plans for the state and his priorities for the ongoing 88th Legislative Session on a statewide televised broadcast.

Per the Texas Constitution, the governor’s priority items are the only topics the Legislature can act on for the first 60 days of the session.

However, this state of the state address will be the latest since Republicans took control of the governorship in 1995.

GovernorSessionStart DateState of the StateDays into Session
Abbott88thJan 10Feb 1638
Abbott87thJan 12Feb 121
Abbott86thJan 8Feb 529
Abbott85thJan 10Jan 3122
Abbott84thJan 13Feb 1736
Perry83rdJan 8Jan 2922
Perry82ndJan 11Feb 829
Perry81stJan 13Jan 2715
Perry80thJan 9Feb 629
Perry79thJan 11Jan 2616
Perry78thJan 14Feb 1129
Perry77thJan 9Jan 2416
Bush76thJan 12Jan 2716
Bush75thJan 14Jan 2815
Bush74thJan 10Feb 729

“The governor’s delay has cost us vital days that make it harder to advance conservative policy,” political strategist and commentator Luke Macias told Texas Scorecard. “However, we still have enough time to deliver wins. We just have to work faster due to the delay.”

Conservative grassroots organizations are requesting the governor include Republican priority legislation in his emergency items—including border security, the elimination of property taxes, vaccine choice, and prohibiting the sexualization of Texas children.

“This 88th Legislative Session is an opportunity for the Legislature and statewide leaders to transform the lives of Texans for generations and build an even brighter future for our state,” said Abbott.

The state of the state will determine whether the governor’s priorities match the priorities of average Texans.

Concerned citizens can contact the governor’s office to register their thoughts on priority legislation ahead of the state of the state.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.