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Texas: Special Session Adjourns
August 16, 2017

Lawmakers adjourned their special session late yesterday after approving measures to study public school finance reform and to require women to purchase separate health insurance plans for an abortion. Legislators also approved tree regulations on private property and restrictions on the annexation authority of cities in large counties.

As the special session ended, lawmakers did not reach an agreement on a limit on property tax increases and a so-called “bathroom bill,” which were high priorities of Governor Greg Abbot (R). The property tax bill specifically would have mandated special elections for increases in larger cities and counties. Many legislators publicly called for the governor to call an additional special session to address the property tax issue, however the governor remained non-committal.

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