Gov. Abbott confident special session not needed to reform property taxes

Texas Politics
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AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he believed lawmakers can reform the state’s property tax system without the need for a special legislative session.

The Gov. can call a special session to force lawmakers to tackle specific topics.

“I think we can get it done on time,” Abbott said Wednesday morning during a visit to the Texas House on the lower chamber’s budget day.

His comments come after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick teased the idea of a special session in a campaign email this week.

“There is no question that the majority understand that we must make substantial property tax reforms before we go back home – whether that is at the end of May, or as many special sessions as it takes,” Patrick wrote.

Abbott said he thought the upper chamber has moved through priority legislation quickly.

“I think they’re very far along, I’m constantly in communication with the Lt. Gov. and the leaders in the Senate, and I think things are in pretty good shape,” Abbott said.

“Everything is shaping up a whole lot better than that people know,” Abbott added. When asked by a reporter for examples, Abbott replied: “That’s all I can tell you.”

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