Special session begins

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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) The Texas House and Senate were gaveled to order Tuesday morning as lawmakers return to Austin to consider a list of measures including the contentious “bathroom bill.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott revived the bathroom bill targeting transgender people after the last try ended with Republican lawmakers angry and deadlocked.

As the House convened Tuesday, Republicans vowed again to try to pass the so-called “bathroom bill” while the Senate suspended decades-old rules to speed up the legislative process.

List of special session agenda items

1. Sunset legislation
2. Teacher pay increase of $1,000
3. Administrative flexibility in teacher hiring and retention practices
4. School finance reform commission
5. School choice for special needs students
6. Property tax reform
7. Caps on state and local spending
8. Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land
9. Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects
10. Speeding up local government permitting process
11. Municipal annexation reform
12. Texting while driving preemption
13. Privacy
14. Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues
15. Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers
16. Pro-life insurance reform
17. Strengthening abortion reporting requirements when health complications arise
18. Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders
19. Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud
20. Extending maternal mortality task force

(Source: Texas Governor's Office)