Governor Abbott released his Budget for 2022-2023 and his priorities for this session. The priorities include:

  • Ensuring Access to COVID – 19 Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics Ensuring Healthcare Access for Texans with Preexisting Conditions
  • Increasing the Availability of Teleservices and Expanding Access to Broadband Ensuring Compliance with the Federal Foster Care Lawsuit
  • Providing Law Enforcement Access to Training
  • Providing Additional Body Cameras for Peace Officers
  • Enhancing Capitol Security
  • Reforming our Flawed Bail Program

Governor Abbott also designated five emergency items, which the legislature can vote on within the first 60 days of the session that began January 12, 2021. The five items are:

  • expanding broadband internet access
  • barring local governments from “defunding the police”
  • fixing a broken bail system, guaranteeing “election integrity“, and
  • instituting civil liability protections for businesses against frivolous COVID related lawsuits.