Abbott Delivers State of the State Address, Emergency Legislative Items Declared

AUSTIN, TX – This past week, Governor Greg Abbott addressed a joint session of the legislature, laying out an ambitious agenda for the remainder of the session.

Among the most pressing issues, Abbott said Texans currently face “the need for better schools, more roads, for border security, better health care, more jobs. They want more liberty and less government, and they deserve ethics reforms.” The Governor also called for tax cuts and vowed to push forward any legislation expanding second amendment rights for Texans.

In his speech, Abbott highlighted five areas as emergency items for the legislature to address. Later in the week, the Governor issued official proclamations granting the legislature the authority to consider measures regarding those issues, specifically: early education, higher education, border security, transportation, and ethics reform.

In regards to higher education, the Governor has supported increased funding to Texas’ universities for the express goals of “enhancing research programs and attracting nationally recognized researchers.” Abbott also called attention to the growing need for improved transportation infrastructure within the state emphasizing its importance to the vitality of the Texas economy.

Typically, the legislature is not able to consider legislation during the first 60 days of session. However, the Governor’s issuance of an emergency item message for the five issues listed above enables the legislature to begin addressing priority legislation earlier than would be ordinarily possible.

Robert Guerra
Legislative Director, Texas Federation of College Republicans