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.