The legislature has been stalled since shortly after the beginning of the special session, when House Democrats left the state in order to block consideration of a controversial elections bill by breaking quorum. (The House partisan makeup is 83 Republican, 67 Democrats; a quorum for conducting business requires that 100 members be present.)
The Senate continued to pass bills on the governor's agenda, but after addressing virtually all of the named topics for the special session, there is little additional work to be done. With no way to advance legislation in the House, activity at the Capitol has come to a standstill.
The special session is scheduled to end no later than Aug. 6. Governor Abbott can call another to begin immediately thereafter.
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