The Texas House and Senate convened for the opening day of the special session. The Senate, as expected, went to work immediately on the two Sunset bills that will ensure the continuation of a handful of state agencies such as the Texas Medical Board. After considerable debate over the propriety of suspending some key Senate rules, senators voted to allow the Business and Commerce Committee to hear the bills this morning and kick them out to the full Senate for a vote as soon as possible this week.

The reason for the rush is Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement that he would not open up the session agenda to other issues (such as the bathroom bill, teacher pay raise and school finance, payroll deduction, etc.) until the Senate passed the Sunset legislation. These other issues are top priorities for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick; the House is not expected to move as quickly.