Retirements, announcements as Texas Legislature nears end of third special session

The week in Texas politics with The Texas Tribune.

By Wells Dunbar & Kristen Cabrerra October 15, 2021 1:48 pm, ,

The current special legislative session isn’t over yet, but retirement announcements and reelection plans affecting future sessions are already circulating under the Texas Capitol dome, says Texas Tribune reporter James Barragán.

This week, Republican state Rep. Lyle Larson – who has increasingly found himself at odds with GOP leadership – announced he would not seek reelection, Barragán tells Texas Standard. Meanwhile, another state representative, Democrat James Talarico, announced Wednesday that he would move from Round Rock to Austin to run in 2022, after his current seat fell prey to Republican redistricting plans.

That said, work continues during the waning days of this third special session, including a call from Gov. Greg Abbott to prohibit all public and private entities from requiring COVID vaccinations.

Listen to the full interview with Barragán in the audio player above.

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