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The 88th TxLege is a wrap (sort of)

PROGRESSIVE VIEWS

PROGRESSIVE VIEWS

One of the most jaw-dropping legislative sessions in recent memory, the 88th Texas Legislature officially gaveled out this past Monday. Everyone wondering if the governor would call a Special Session didn’t have long to wait. He called for an immediate Special Session that gaveled in on Monday night that “will be focused on property tax relief and border security,” according to the Texas Tribune. “’Many critical items remain that must be passed,’ Abbott said, which he asserts will require multiple Special Sessions.” (Note that during a Special Session, the Legislature can *only* work on legislation that the governor specifies in his call.) This almost certainly means another Special Session later in the summer to try and get school vouchers across the line.

In the regular session’s last week, right when we were focused on which bills would pass and which would die, Speaker Phelan dropped his bombshell and led an impeachment vote in the House for Attorney General Ken Paxton, which passed 123-21. Paxton has been suspended from office pending his trial in the Senate, which will take place some time this summer. The Kendall County Democratic Party (KCDP) hopes the matter will be treated with the same gravity, seriousness, and fairness as it was in the Texas House. Please contact Sen. Campbell (512-463-0125) and ask her to hear the evidence as an impartial juror and reach a verdict based on the strong and persuasive evidence presented by House impeachment managers.

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