Texas governor out to quiet doubts over who's in charge

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Posted: Jun 07, 2017 6:18 PM
Texas governor out to quiet doubts over who's in charge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is showing off his power by summoning lawmakers back to work on a failed "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people and other conservative measures.

But that doesn't mean the GOP-controlled Legislature will deliver on a lengthy agenda set by Abbott before the end of summer. He also resurrected anti-abortion efforts and a school voucher bill that stalled before the Texas lawmakers adjourned last month.

Lawmakers said Wednesday they're unlikely to get to every issue before the end of a 30-day session that begins July 18.

Abbott is out to reassert himself amid criticism that he has failed to lead. He says that if bills don't prevail this time it will be because of a lack of will by lawmakers.