Both the Texas House and Senate ended the legislative special session a day early.

A stalemate over property tax reform led the House to adjourn first, telling the upper chamber to accept their version or get nothing. But senators said no thanks.

“We’re not going to accept the take-it-or-leave-it proposal from the House and we are going to fight another day,” Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, said.

The Senate then adjourned at around 10 Tuesday night.

At issue was a measure that would have required property tax elections if local governments’ revenue exceeds six percent from the year before. The Senate wanted the cap set at four percent.

The stalemate sets up the possibility of Gov. Greg Abbott calling lawmakers back for a second special session. He called property tax reform a top priority for the 30-day special session that was set to end Wednesday.

His office offered this statement Tuesday night:

“Our office believes this special session has produced a far better Texas than before.”


Posted by Karina Kling