ILN Today Post
July 27, 2017
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:
- The Texas Medical Board
- The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
- The Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists
- The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
- The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.
ILN Today Post
June 30, 2017
Last week, Tar Heel state lawmakers approved their budget agreement for the next biennium, which starts on July 1, 2017. This week, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the agreement, and the legislature overrode that veto with a 76-43 vote.
When lawmakers put forth their budget, the Times-News called it a dare, quoting Senate leader Phil Berger’s challenge to Gov. Cooper: “[I]f the things you’ve said and campaigned on are more than just empty promises, you will sign this budget.” But the governor’s judgment is that “the two-year spending plan is fiscally irresponsible and fails to provide enough for education and economic development… The more we learn about this budget, the worse it is…this budget lacks vision and unfairly picks winners and losers.”