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Texas Legislature 2021

Senate passes bill to curb Texas governor’s power to shut down state for extended time during emergency

The Senate action, which must still be approved by the House, would require the governor to call a special session in order to declare a state emergency that lasts more than 30 days.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference about the state's response to the coronavirus on Tuesday in Austin on March 24, 2020.

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