Gov. Greg Abbott looks on as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (left) and House Speaker Joe Straus shake hands at the Capitol on May 27, 2017. 
<p>Gov. Greg Abbott looks on as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (left) and House Speaker Joe Straus shake hands at the Capitol on May 27, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

Lawmakers teeter on the brink of special session

As of Sunday night, it was unclear whether Gov. Greg Abbott was preparing for a special session, but lawmakers still had little to show for two assignments Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had given them in the home stretch. The two state leaders had asked legislators to prioritize automatic rollback elections for property taxes and a "bathroom bill" that would regulate which restrooms transgender Texans can use.

 
State Sen.&nbsp;Jos&eacute; Men&eacute;ndez, D-San Antonio, begins a&nbsp;late Sunday night filibuster against a bill dealing with city annexations, on May 28, 2017.
<p><span>State Sen.&nbsp;</span>Jos&eacute; Men&eacute;ndez, D-San Antonio, begins a<span>&nbsp;late Sunday night filibuster against a bill dealing with city annexations, on May 28, 2017.</span></p>

Sen. Menéndez's filibuster effectively kills city annexation bill

After speaking for more than two hours on a controversial city annexation measure, state Sen. Jose Menéndez successfully ended consideration of the legislation the day before the 85th Legislature's regular session ends.

Freshman Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, talks to colleagues in the House chamber on March 4, 2013. Capriglione received criticism in committee for proposing a bill that would increase transparency in members' business dealings.
<p>Freshman Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, talks to colleagues in the House chamber on March 4, 2013. Capriglione received criticism in committee for proposing a bill that would increase transparency in members' business dealings.</p>

Legislature approves bill requiring disclosure of government contracts

Politicians who make money off government contracts will have to disclose the work under a bill that got final approval in the Legislature Sunday.

Sen. Menéndez's filibuster effectively kills city annexation bill

State Sen.&nbsp;Jos&eacute; Men&eacute;ndez, D-San Antonio, begins a&nbsp;late Sunday night filibuster against a bill dealing with city annexations, on May 28, 2017.
<p><span>State Sen.&nbsp;</span>Jos&eacute; Men&eacute;ndez, D-San Antonio, begins a<span>&nbsp;late Sunday night filibuster against a bill dealing with city annexations, on May 28, 2017.</span></p>

After speaking for more than two hours on a controversial city annexation measure, state Sen. Jose Menéndez successfully ended consideration of the legislation the day before the 85th Legislature's regular session ends.

Legislature approves bill requiring disclosure of government contracts

Freshman Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, talks to colleagues in the House chamber on March 4, 2013. Capriglione received criticism in committee for proposing a bill that would increase transparency in members' business dealings.
<p>Freshman Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, talks to colleagues in the House chamber on March 4, 2013. Capriglione received criticism in committee for proposing a bill that would increase transparency in members' business dealings.</p>

Politicians who make money off government contracts will have to disclose the work under a bill that got final approval in the Legislature Sunday.

 

Analysis: Oversized tweets from a Texas trainwreck

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Straus on the dais in the House chamber for a joint session memorializing the nation's veterans, on May 27, 2017.
<p>Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Straus on the dais in the House chamber for a joint session memorializing the nation's veterans, on May 27, 2017.</p>

It's the last Saturday of the legislative session — a day combining long, boring periods of inactivity with high levels of drama. In other words: perfect for a wandering mind.

Patrick, Straus deadlocked over "bathroom bill"

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and House Speaker Joe Straus, right, from dueling press conferences they each held on May 26, 2017.
<p>Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and House Speaker Joe Straus, right, from dueling press conferences they each held on May 26, 2017.</p>

In dueling press conferences Friday evening, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus revealed themselves at an impasse over bathroom regulations that could prompt Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session.