Texas Legislature Begins Special Session | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

What You Need to Know About the Texas Legislature’s Special Session

Advocacy Alert

Just five weeks after the Texas Legislature ended a hectic regular session, lawmakers are back in Austin for a special session.

Gov. Abbott’s agenda for the session includes a wide range of topics, from censorship on social media to the teaching of critical race theory in schools. You can find the full agenda here.

The rules around special legislative sessions should keep this one brief but busy. The session can last up to 30 days, and lawmakers are only allowed to pass bills that are directly related to Gov. Abbott’s agenda items.


Our Priorities for the Session

At United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, one of the ways we lead the charge to improve education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity—is by advocating for laws and policies that will strengthen our community and benefit the lives of North Texans.

Throughout the special session, we will be engaging on bills that support our Aspire United 2030 community goals of ensuring more North Texas students graduate high school prepared for success, more adults find and keep jobs that provide financial stability, and more of our neighbors gain access to quality health care.


Bills will move quickly during the special session. Watch for our Advocacy Alerts , which will include information on how the issue impacts our Aspire United 2030 goals and how to contact your representatives.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on these topics in particular:

  • Changes to the foster care system
  • Bail reform
  • Family violence prevention
  • Teaching of current events and America’s history
  • Voting rights and access

For those who have advocated with us before, thank you for your continued support and engagement on these important issues. During this special session and throughout the year, it’s important that our lawmakers hear from you about public policies that have a direct impact on the lives of North Texans.

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This article was published on: Jul 12, 2021