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After announcing a third special session with several key conservatie priorities missing from the agenda, Gov. Greg Abbott is taking heat from some of his Republican opponents.

Earlier this week, Abbott issued a proclamation calling lawmakers back to the Capitol on September 20 for a special session with the following agenda items: legislative redistricting, prohibiting K-12 athletes from competing in sports of the opposite gender, appropriating federal coronavirus relief money, addressing local government vaccine mandates, and restrictions on dog tethering. 

Reactions from Abbott’s challengers in the upcoming 2022 primary, however, have focused less on what is on the agenda and more on what is missing from it.

“There is still an obvious silence with gender mutilations, property tax relief, and other Republican priorities,” Texas humorist and media personality Chad Prather told Texas Scorecard. “When will our state government comply to doing the business of the people and prioritizing what the people want done? Greg Abbott is using the taxpayer dime to get noticed in a campaign season, but in fact, he’s running on a ‘how to not get re-elected” platform.”

“The best government is a smaller government that lets people make their own decisions and creates solutions to problems, not solutions in search of problems. We now have 666 new laws in Texas, with apparently a lot more coming. Pretending to be a super-conservative in an election year reeks of hypocrisy. So, here we go, another taxpayer-funded special session that does not address taxpayer priorities,” Prather added.

Also dissatisfied with Abbott’s abbreviated agenda, former State Sen. Don Huffines released his own lengthier set of priorities for the special session: abolishing abortion, property tax relief, border security, forensic election audits, requiring E-Verify, quorum reform, protecting women’s sports, prohibiting vaccine and mask mandates, pre-empting onerous local government business regulations, banning taxpayer-funded lobbying,

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