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AUSTIN — As the state Legislature prepares to reconvene for a special session in July, citizens are still wondering if Gov. Greg Abbott will have lawmakers address priority issues—such as protecting young women in Texas.

Earlier this month, Abbott called for a special 30-day legislative session after the Republican-controlled Legislature chose not to complete priority work during their regular 140-day session earlier this year. Abbott also has the authority to set the legislative to-do list for a special session, and though he has yet to announce the full agenda, many expect items such as election security to be on the list.

One priority in question, however, is women’s sports.

In the regular 87th Legislative Session, Republican legislators proposed state laws to ensure male students would not be allowed to compete on specific women’s K-12 interscholastic athletic teams.

The proposals came as school-aged girls across the country faced the threat of losing their sports scholarships and opportunities to boys pretending to be girls.

The NCAA currently allows biological boys to intrude on girls’ sports and even threatened to move championship games away from Texas if state lawmakers chose to pass the bills to protect women.

The proposals were one of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top priorities, and though they passed the Texas Senate, Republicans in the House of Representatives killed the effort.

Immediately after the regular session ended in May, Patrick called on Abbott to give them another shot at those bills, as well as other failed proposed laws.

“Asking @GregAbbott_TX to call a June #SpecialSession today to pass #SB29 to save girls sports, #SB10 to end taxpayer funded lobbying and #SB12 to stop social media censorship,” Patrick tweeted. “The TxHouse killed these conservative bills that majority of Texans in both parties support.”

Then last week, Patrick sent out an email

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