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.
|Governor||Session||Start Date||State of the State||Days into Session|
|Abbott||88th||Jan 10||Feb 16||38|
|Abbott||87th||Jan 12||Feb 1||21|
|Abbott||86th||Jan 8||Feb 5||29|
|Abbott||85th||Jan 10||Jan 31||22|
|Abbott||84th||Jan 13||Feb 17||36|
|Perry||83rd||Jan 8||Jan 29||22|
|Perry||82nd||Jan 11||Feb 8||29|
|Perry||81st||Jan 13||Jan 27||15|
|Perry||80th||Jan 9||Feb 6||29|
|Perry||79th||Jan 11||Jan 26||16|
|Perry||78th||Jan 14||Feb 11||29|
|Perry||77th||Jan 9||Jan 24||16|
|Bush||76th||Jan 12||Jan 27||16|
|Bush||75th||Jan 14||Jan 28||15|
|Bush||74th||Jan 10||Feb 7||29|
“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.