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85th Texas legislative session ends


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BY RICHARD LEE
SENATE MEDIA SERVICES

Memorial Day marks the end of the 85th Regular Session, but lawmakers could find themselves in Austin during
the summer to deal with some unfinished business. After a bill to extend the Texas Medical Board died due to conflicts between the House and Senate in the waning days, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick wants Governor Greg Abbott to call a special session to deal with two of his top priorities that didn’t make it to the governor’s desk: property tax reform and the so-called “bathroom bill.” Only the governor can call an extra session and only he can set the topics eligible for legislation in it. Abbott said at a bill signing on Monday that he will announce a decision about a special session later in the week.

Over the weekend, the House and Senate passed a final version of the state budget, authorizing $107.7 billion to pay for state services for the next two years. Despite the tight revenue forecast, its author says the budget will fund the state’s critical priorities and put more money into education, mental health care and Child Protective Services.

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