Governor Greg Abbott today announced a legislative special session that will begin on July 18th, 2017. In his announcement, Governor Abbott identified 20 items that will be included on the special session call for Legislation to restrict or prohibit city and county regulations that he said undermine private property rights — including rules limiting what landowners can do with trees. Create a so-called school choice system for special needs children that would allow tax money to go toward private schooling elections to gain taxpayer approval for increases above a certain percentage. Pre-empt all local ordinances that limit the use of mobile devices in vehicles. Prohibit local governments from using taxpayer money to fund Planned Parenthood or any abortion provider. ban abortion insurance coverage in private and government plans and require stricter reporting of complications from abortions. Ban state and local agencies from collecting union dues for employees.
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