The third special session will be held on September 20 and will focus on redistricting.

Gov. Greg Abbott called a third special session of the 87th Texas Legislature on the same day he signed a comprehensive electoral reform bill into law.

Third special session of the Texas Legislature announced

The third special session will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, with five agenda items. The redrawing of political boundaries in Texas in light of the 2020 census, legislation limiting student-athletes to participate on teams that conform to the gender assigned to them at birth, and COVID-19 vaccine mandates by state and local government entities, all of which Abbott has vehemently opposed, are among the more notable ones.

“The Texas Legislature now has the opportunity to redraw legislative and congressional districts in accordance with the new census numbers,” Abbott wrote in a news release announcing the upcoming session. “In addition to redistricting, there are still issues remaining that are critical to building a stronger and brighter future for all Texans.”

The agenda for the special session is as follows:
  • Legislation relating to the division of the state of Texas into districts for the purpose of electing members of the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Senate, the State Board of Education, and the United States House of Representatives.
  • Appropriations legislation from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), Pub. L. No. 117-2.
  • Legislation identical to Senate Bill 29 approved by the Texas Senate in the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, prohibiting a student from participating in University Interscholastic League sporting contests designated for the sex opposite the student’s sex at birth.
  • Legislation governing whether any state or local governmental entity in Texas can require an individual to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine and, if so, what exemptions should apply to such a requirement.
  • Legislation comparable to Senate Bill 474 passed by the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, but addressing the governor’s veto message.

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