State lawmakers will return to Austin on July 8 for a special legislative session called by Gov. Abbott after the Legislature officially adjourned at the end of May.
Abbott has not yet announced what topics will be subject to the special session; however, the two most likely debates will be over election reform and reinstating the Legislature's funding for the next two years after Abbott vetoed it.
Several other items that legislators did not pass late in the session could also be added to the list, such as bail bills or legislation concerning critical race theory being taught in schools.
Regardless of what topics Abbott announces, the special session can run no longer than 30 days. The Governor's office has said the topics will be announced shortly before the session begins.
Additionally, Gov. Abbott is expected to call another special session in the fall to address redistricting, among other items.
No topics were announced, but presumably (1) election reform and (2) reinstating the Legislature’s funding for the next two years (which Gov Abbott line-item vetoed) will be two of those items. Several items that died late in the regular session could be added to this list.
A special session can last no longer than 30 days—but can run shorter.
The Governor also will be calling another special session this Fall to do redistricting and other items.