Governor Greg Abbott called for a special session for Texas lawmakers to finish some unfinished business. The first session was in October and after four following sessions, everything has not been completed. It is very likely, that Governor Abbott will call for a fifth session.
Two key items that need to be passed at teacher pay and school security money according to NBC 5 Dallas.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Dade Phelan have not found a way to compromise on these issues.
Patrick said about Phelan at a press conference according to NBC 5 on Tuesday:
"This guy is just flat-out impossible to work with."
“The legislative process is totally broken because of a lack of leadership and truthfulness from the Speaker of the House."
The House adjourned at 11:30 am on December 5, as House policymakers called it an end for the day. The Senate ended their session as well. Initially, the fifth session was expected to go until December 6.
Abbott will probably call for a fifth session and complete what he initially wanted.
While in New York City in September, Governor Abbott said about the first special session according to Fox 7:
"So, when we have a special session and have bills proposed dealing with it, we're going to have legislative hearings.
Governor Abbott’s spokesperson Renae Eze said in a statement according to The Texas Tribune:
"A majority of Texans across our state and from all walks of life support school choice, and Governor Abbott will not rest until school choice is passed."
"The Governor will continue to work with Texas legislators and at the ballot box to get school choice for all Texas families."
You can hear more about the fourth special session in this video:
Do you think the fifth special session will be this year or next year?