Gov. Abbott Praises Texas Legislature Despite Unfinished Business

The Texas Legislature wraps up its third special session, possibly leaving the door open for a fourth.

The Republican majority finalized redistricting maps, property tax reform and a transgender athlete ban, but did nothing with Gov. Abbott's ban on COVID vaccine mandates or increasing penalties for illegal voting.

"The penalty was only one aspect of a major election reform and it really puts the penalty back to where it was before it was enhanced in 2011. It's been on the books since 1986," argues state Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Houston, chair of the Texas House Republican Caucus.

Murphy says the vaccine mandate ban simply came too late in the process.

"Getting consensus on that, particularly with small businesses and large businesses we deal with in Texas, is a challenge," he says.

"Of course it's still evolving because you have the federal government very involved in this area.

Murphy doesn't believe a fourth special session will be called, but others think one could come closer primary season.

"Whether it be pro-life issues, pro-business issues, addressing COVID, helping our schools, I think people can feel very good about the work accomplished by their Texas Legislature," he says.

"It's time for us to go home, keep government limited and have us come back to our communities and our families."

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