In the Texas Political Roundup: In these final days of the Texas legislative session, talk of a special session looms as members of the House and Senate disagree on which issues must pass before Monday.

Plus, Gov. Greg Abbott signs a bill into law to protect pastors' sermons from being subpoenaed. And Texas lawmakers agree to fund border security at the same level they did during the Obama Administration.

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  • Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday there is still time for a deal to be struck to avert a special session of the Texas Legislature. He told reporters he wants to see the House and Senate come together to sort out unresolved issues.
  • Legislation shielding pastors' sermons from government subpoena power is now law. Senate Bill 24 stemmed from the 2014 battle over Houston's anti-discrimination ordinance, when the city subpoenaed sermons of five pastors who opposed it. 
  • Texas budget writers plan to spend another $800 million for border security over the next two years, matching what lawmakers allocated in 2015. 

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