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.

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