FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07/12/2017
Chairman James White Prepares for First Called Special Session
(Austin, TX) - Governor Greg Abbott officially delivered his proclamation for the First Called Special Session of the 85th Legislature on July 10th, 2017. State Representative James White looks forward to working with the governor and members of the Legislature in passing vital conservative legislation that ensures that state medical agencies remain functional for the health and safety of Texans, reforms our dysfunctional school finance system, and protects Texas taxpayers.
“I'm very thankful that Governor Abbott considered my appeal and the request of others to call the Legislature back for a special session to accomplish the work that the Legislature failed to accomplish, not for the lack of time, but due to petty bickering and legislative obstruction,” said State Rep. White. Beginning July 18th, the Legislature will consider sunset legislation for the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. White continues, “Medical care and behavioral health are too critical for children, pregnant women, and senior citizens to become mere pawns in political gamesmanship.”
Once the Senate passes the bills necessary to preserve these five state agencies, the governor will add teacher compensation and retention practices, school finance reform, education options for students with special needs, property tax reform, reigning in state and local government, municipal annexation reform, protection of property rights, privacy, collection of union dues, pro-life legislation, and mail-in ballot reforms.
“Our Texas Constitution gives the Legislature all the tools it needs to do the people’s work. However, I look forward to working directly with the Governor and his staff on passing this aggressive conservative agenda,” said State Rep. White. He continues, “Addressing property tax and school finance reform will be at the top of my priorities and will work to provide much needed relief to hardworking Texans.
Contact: Saul Mendoza