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Texas: Lawmakers introduce new attempt to manage property taxes

On June 6, 2017, Gov. Greg Abbot unhappily announced a legislative special session that would begin on July 18, 2017. Emphasizing his mood, he declared that “[a] special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session.”

In his official July 10, 2017, proclamation to convene the session, the governor cited his reason – the looming statutory elimination of the following five agencies on Sept. 1, 2017, absent legislative action:

  1. The Texas Medical Board
  2. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  3. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists
  4. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
  5. The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

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