Governor Abbott Announces Call for Second Special Legislative Session

Governor Greg Abbott announced the call for a second Special Session on Thursday, August 5, 2021, to address priority bills that died during the regular and first special legislative session. The second special session began at noon Saturday, August 7, 2021. State legislators convened in Austin to gavel in the special session, but the Texas House adjourned minutes later after failing to meet a quorum. The Senate did have a quorum.

There are 17 agenda items on the special session call., including Senate Bill 14, which relates to regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies. Your Chamber advocated tirelessly for the inclusion of regulatory consistency to a special session call, and you can count on us to keep you informed on the movement of this legislative priority. Also included in the agenda is the allocation of billions in federal COVID-19 funds. The full agenda can be found here.

A special session can last up to 30 days, but there is no minimum. There is also no limit to the number of special sessions a Governor can call in between regular legislative sessions. The Governor is the only person who can call a special session, and he can call as many as he likes. Legislators are not allowed to take up any other business than what is included on the Governor’s agenda. There will be an additional Special Session in the fall to focus on redistricting.

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For more information, contact Stephanie Reyes, VP of Public Policy at or by phone at (210) 229-2162.

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