Texas Senate Convenes Briefly, Likely Ending Controversial Border Security Bill
In a surprising turn of events, the Texas Senate met briefly without voting on a contentious border security bill favored by Governor Greg Abbott. This unexpected development is likely to result in a fourth special session.
The Texas Senate’s sudden and brief meeting on Sunday ended without any debate on a controversial border security bill that Governor Greg Abbott had prioritized. This unexpected turn of events suggests that another special session may be in the works, as only two bills out of this 30-day session are expected to reach the governor’s desk.
The Senate session, which lasted less than a minute, was attended by only three senators. They recessed and plan to reconvene on Tuesday at 4 p.m., the final day of the special session.
After the Senate’s decision, House Speaker Dade Phelan expressed frustration and criticized the Senate for not passing the bill favored by Abbott. He indicated that the House would continue its efforts during a possible fourth special session.
Initially, it was anticipated that the chamber would debate House Bill 4, a contentious proposal allowing state and local law enforcement to arrest migrants in Texas without proper legal documentation. However, two Democratic senators revealed that the session would be brief, and the bill’s future remains uncertain.
The proposed legislation has been met with opposition from Democrats who argue it is unconstitutional and discriminates against Hispanic Texans. The ongoing political friction surrounding the bill, along with health issues faced by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, has clouded the bill’s prospects. Abbott’s office and Patrick’s office did not provide immediate comments regarding the situation.