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Texas legislature’s first special session focusing on border security, cutting property taxes, Abbott reveals

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled the agenda for the first special session of the state legislature late Monday night. That list includes property tax cuts and funding to protect the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“I’m signing a law that advances the future of the state and all Texans,” Abbott said on Twitter.

The agenda included a formal end to COVID-19 restrictions and mandates. Provided more than $5.1 billion to Border Patrol and the Texas National Guard. Protect college female athletes and women’s participation in sports. And forbid children from undergoing life-changing sexual amputations.

Abbott also said he plans to label Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations so that fentanyl deaths can be prosecuted as murder.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the special congressional agenda on Monday night, May 29, 2023. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

The Republican governor said his top priorities were “reducing property taxes and cracking down on illegal human trafficking.”

“We have to cut property taxes,” Abbott said. “During the regular meeting, we added $17.6 billion for property tax cuts, but Congress couldn’t agree on how to allocate the funds to achieve this goal.”

He added, “Texans want and need a way to get rid of their property taxes. The best way to do that is to redirect property tax relief funds toward lower property tax rates for schools. That’s it,’ he said.

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Abbott also praised the Texas legislature’s efforts, but said additional special legislative sessions would be held to advance his agenda.

“Despite these great achievements, there is more to be done for the people of Texans. There are still many important items that need to be passed,” the governor said. “Several special sessions will be required. Only a few will be added to each session to ensure that each priority receives the time and attention it deserves to be enacted.”

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The Texas legislature will vote on a variety of topics, including lower property taxes and additional funding for border patrols. (Jordan Vonderhaal/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Earlier Monday, the governor of Texas held Memorial Day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice during an event at Veterans Memorial Square in Georgetown-Williamson County.

“Today we remember their sacrifice and honor their families,” he wrote on Twitter, sharing photos of the event. “Texas will never forget the price they paid for our freedom.”

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In another tweet, he added, “Memorial Day is a reminder that freedom is not free.”

“Today, we remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day in America. May God bless them and their families.” .

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