Abbott declares education, transportation, border and ethics emergency items
Feb. 17, 2015 at 11:28 a.m.
Updated March 5, 2015 at 7:27 a.m.
In his first State of the State address, which can be replayed here, Gov. Greg Abbott declares these emergency items: Early education, higher education research, transportation, border security, and ethics.
He said finding the funding to train and station 500 new state troopers along the Texas-Mexico border is a top priority for the Texas Legislature.
Abbott also named stiffening ethics rules and bolstering early public education and higher education research as "emergency items." And he said increasing state spending for transportation infrastructure was one, too.
That means lawmakers can begin debating and passing bills on those topics without waiting for a state constitutionally mandated, 60-day prohibition on approving legislation that doesn't expire until next month.
There were few surprises in the priorities Abbott listed. All were the issues the Republican campaigned on — and bills to make them a reality will likely enjoy broad support in the Republican-controlled Legislature.