Special Session: A called session of the Texas Legislature will convene tomorrow at 10 a.m. At this point, only a single item – adjusting the Sunset review dates for several agencies – is on the call, but Gov. Greg Abbott has promised to add 19 other items via a supplemental call, including reducing mail-in ballot fraud, once the Sunset bill has been addressed.
Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) filed Senate Bill 5 to increase penalties for voter fraud committed via mail-in ballots, particularly for individuals convicted of prior or concurrent election fraud offenses or the victim was a voter aged 65 or older.
Campaign Finance: State and legislative candidates’ July semiannual reports were due today. We will report highlights during the day on Tuesday.
GOV: The campaign of Gov. Greg Abbott announced it raised more than $10M during the last 12 days of June, and he has almost $41M on hand as his re-election bid formally begins. He raised $8.3M during the same period two years ago and has added $23M to his war chest during the last two years. As far as we can tell, he is the first Texas state elected official or candidate to report having more than $40M on hand. His cash-on-hand total exceeds that of all 38 of the state’s congressional incumbents combined.
Meanwhile, Tom Wakely, a San Antonio veteran and unsuccessful 2016 candidate for Congress, announced via Twitter that he would seek the Democratic nomination.
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