Armando Walle

Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, strikes his gavel as he opens the special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott, Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas legislators commence special session

Texas lawmakers have opened a special session to address legislation that state Democrats avoided during the regular session. On Thursday, lawmakers met at the state capital in Austin after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) called the special session.