Abbott schedules news conference amid special session talk

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott is holding a news conference Tuesday afternoon, his office announced Monday.

While no topic for the conference has been set, the announcement comes as Abbott is said to be mulling over a special legislative session in the wake of the 2017 regular session which ended on Memorial Day.

Only the governor can call lawmakers back to the capitol for a special session. Likewise, the governor sets the agenda for the session.

In late May, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick called on the governor to call a special session to consider the so-called bathroom bill. Abbott countered saying, “We will be, if we have a special session, convening only on the topics that I choose, at the time of my choosing.”

Abbott then added he had not yet made up his mind about a special session and would make an announcement either way in the coming days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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