Republican State Rep. Brian Harrison of Midlothian is calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to add multiple conservative priorities to the fourth special session call. 

In a letter sent to Abbott on Monday, Harrison says that Texas must lead the fight.

With our liberties and freedoms being eroded, and the Constitution shredded, Texas must lead the fight for our future. Passing school choice is absolutely necessary, but not sufficient. I’m asking Governor Abbott to add several items to the next special session.

Harrison asks that the following be addressed during the next special session: 

  • Secure the border by passing bold legislation similar to the Border Protection Unit Act and the Texas Title 42 Act.
  • Ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all students. 
  • Rein in executive “emergency powers” so a future Governor cannot abuse them.
  • Prohibit hostile and Communist governments from purchasing Texas land.
  • Protect our grid from attacks and reform our energy market by setting reliability standards.
  • Ban all tax-payer funded lobbying.
  • Eliminate job-crushing regulations by sunsetting any that are not reviewed every 4 years.
  • Reform the constitutional provisions on impeachment as proposed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
  • End destructive ESG policies by statutorily defining fiduciary duty.
  • Protect Texas women and girls and define “woman” in statute to thwart Biden’s abusive policies.
  • Establish a path to eliminate property taxes by requiring future surpluses be used to lower rates.
  • Ban all race-based admission, employment, and contracting practices in public universities, private universities that accept federal money, and all government entities.
  • Strengthen Texas’ election integrity laws.

As the third special session ends on Tuesday, lawmakers have only passed two of the four items on the governor’s call.

The only two items with legislation passed and sent to the governor were a ban on COVID-19 employer vaccine mandates and one border security measure increasing criminal penalties for human smuggling and operating a stash house.

Other legislation to allow Texas to remove illegal aliens from the state stalled following a disagreement between the House and Senate on wording and implementation.

Although there was a big push from Abbott on school choice, the measure was killed again in the Texas House. 

Abbott announced the fourth special session Tuesday evening.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.