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A special session of the Texas Legislature got underway on July 8. Why Gov. Abbott felt the need to call for a special session has a lot to do with what did and didn’t happen during the regular session that ended in May.

Even though the state faced critical issues like fixing the power grid that failed during February’s winter storm, the Republican-led legislature instead focused a lot of its time on:

Voter suppression legislation Banning gender-affirming care for transgender youth and barring transgender kids from school sports Making abortion care even more difficult, or practically impossible, to obtain Censoring history in our classrooms

Despite those challenges, the Texas Freedom Network and our partners could point to some important victories. Below is TFN’s report on the regular session, what legislation passed and what didn’t, and how it will impact the 30-day special session.

TFN – 2021 Lege Report by txfredomnetwork on Scribd… Read More

Texas gained two new seats given new Census information. Find Texas Rising Action's statement below:…… Read More

More legislation targeting transgender Texans is moving at the Capitol this week. Today TFN, Just Texas and the Transgender Education Network of Texas released the following statements. Read More

Republican lawmakers in the Texas Capitol are once again pushing bills that seek to turn religious freedom into a license to discriminate. These bills are intended to slow or stop altogether progress toward equality for LGBTQ Texans. Check out our press release today. Read More

TFN and clergy with Just Texas are calling out the growing legislative assault on transgender youth and their families at the Texas Capitol. One of the appalling bills moving at the Capitol this week would even brand parents as criminal abusers for loving and supporting their transgender kids. Others would ban transgender youth from school sports and from accessing the medically recommended health care they need. Check out our press release. Read More