With Gov. Greg Abbott expected to call lawmakers back soon for a special session on school choice and education, one House member is asking him to expand the call to address priorities left unfinished during the regular session earlier this year.

In a letter to Abbott, State Rep. Brian Harrison (R–Midlothian) thanked the governor for his commitment to passing school choice but noted that more needed to be done.

“Governor Abbott is right to call the legislature back for school choice, but that is not enough. I am asking he also demand action on other urgent items including border security, medical freedom, ’emergency power’ reform, and banning Communist governments from purchasing Texas land,” said Harrison. “Now is not the time for comfortable timidity. With the next generation literally on the line, Texas must lead, and lead now.”

To that end, Harrison is calling on Abbott to add the following issues to a special session call:

1. Secure the border by passing legislation similar to HB 20

2. Protect medical freedom by banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates and ending deference to CDC

3. Rein in executive “emergency powers” so a future Governor cannot abuse them

4. Prohibit hostile and Communist governments from purchasing Texas land

5. Protect our grid from attacks and reform our energy market by setting reliability standards

6. Ban all tax-payer funded lobbying

7. Eliminate job-crushing regulations by sunsetting any that are not reviewed every 4 years

8. Reform the constitutional provisions on impeachment as proposed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

9. End destructive ESG policies by statutorily defining fiduciary duty

10. Protect Texas women and girls and define “woman” in statute to thwart Biden’s abusive policies

11.Establish a path to eliminate property taxes by requiring future surpluses be used to lower rates

The special session is widely expected to begin in October. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens