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This week — a comparison of Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency item lists from this year and previous ones.
February 24, 2023

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Comparison of Emergency Item Lists

Gov. Greg Abbott announced his seven-item list of emergency issues last week during his 2023 State of the State address. Thematically, the list represents the items Abbott finds most important to address this session; procedurally, bills pertaining to those issues are exempt from the Texas Constitution’s date restrictions on legislative action.

It was the largest list of emergency items Abbott has declared during his time as governor. Below is a comparison of the governor’s emergency item lists since taking office in 2015.

Property tax reliefRural broadband expansionProperty tax reformCPS reformExpand early childhood education
Restricting pandemic emergency powersRecourse for cities that "defund their police"School finance reformSanctuary city banHigher education initiatives
School choice by way of Education Savings AccountsFinancial protection from COVID-19 lawsuitsTeacher pay raiseEthics reformEthics reform
School safety measuresElection reformSchool safety measuresConvention of StatesTransportation expansion
Bail restrictionsBail restrictionsCreation of the Texas Mental Health ConsortiumBorder security funding
Securing the borderERCOT power grid reform*Natural disaster response reform
Cracking down on fentanyl trafficking

*Added belatedly after the 2021 blackouts.


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.