NEWS & ANALYSIS

Texas Legislature Begins Special Session on Election Integrity, Critical Race Theory, Abortion


Texas lawmakers met Thursday to begin a special session where they are expected to consider several measures including election integrity, critical race theory and abortion.

On June 23, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for the special session of the legislature to pass measures that didn’t reach a vote during the normal session, Just the News reports. 

“We have unfinished business to ensure that Texas remains the most exceptional state in America,” Abbott said on Wednesday when he released the session’s agenda. 

Right before the end of the state’s regular session, a group of democrats walked out of the statehouse, denying the republicans the quorum needed to pass their election bill. 

The agenda for the special session includes 11 bills from the previous session, including a bill which seeks to “reduce the likelihood of fraud in the conduct of elections.” 

Similar to the one passed in Georgia, the election law would ban curbside voting, limit drop box usage and new requirements for early voting. Additionally, it would ban unsolicited vote-by-mail applications and ballot harvesting. 

Other bills include concerns on whether schools can teach critical race theory, and one that would prohibit people from providing “abortion-inducing drugs by mail or delivery service.”