Texas Governor announced legislative session ahead of the ‘bathroom bill’

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AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 18: (L -R) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Governor Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick hold a joint press conference February 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The press conference addressed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas' decision on the lawsuit filed by a Texas-led coalition of 26 states challenging President Obama's executive action on immigration. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

The Texas Legislature, which usually only meets once every two years, recently closed its 2017 session failing to agree the anti-trans bathroom bill introduced by the Republicans. Several anti-trans bills had been submitted, but the leadership of the Texas House and Senate could not choose the final version of the bill to be passed into law. That is why Gov. Greg Abbott announced the special legislative session on this issue. “A special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session,” Mr. Abbott said in his official statement made in the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday, “As Governor, if I am going to call a special session, I intend to make it count.A special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session. ”

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