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Texas leaders scrambling to prevent special session
Texas’ Republican leaders began pushing deals this week to pass their highest-priority bills before the gavel falls on the 85th legislative session May 29.
Lawmakers have yet to pass the state’s $215 billion, two-year budget and approve a bill to keep state agencies running until lawmakers next convene in 2019. If they fail to pass those two measures, Gov. Greg Abbott will be forced to call a special legislative session that almost no one wants.
Meanwhile: A federal grand jury issued two indictments against San Antonio Sen. Carlos Uresti on Tuesday, including fraud charges related to his involvement with a now-bankrupt oil company accused of defrauding investors — Four Winds LLC.
An ongoing saga: The political fallout from President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is expected to continue today, with allegations that Trump fired Comey after he refused to drop the investigation into former FBI director Michael Flynn.
Kristy Anderson waits to speak in support of Planned Parenthood during a Texas Women’s Health Advisory Committee meeting Monday at the Capitol. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/The New York Times)
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