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Week of Sept. 6 - 10 - REVISED

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS IS A REVISED BULLDOG EDITION OF CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS TO ACCOMMODATE EARLY DEADLINES BECAUSE OF THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY. IT HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE LEGISLATURE’S ADJOURNMENT THURSDAY NIGHT. AN UPDATED VERSION WILL GO OUT SUNDAY IF NEEDED.

More than 600 new laws in effect

Week of Aug. 23 - 27

Abbott tests negative four days after testing positive
 
Gov. Greg Abbott announced via Twitter Saturday that he is now testing negative for COVID-19, four days after testing positive though asymptomatic.
“I am told that my infection was brief and mild because of the vaccination I received. I will continue to quarantine as recommended by doctors,” Abbott said. “And I will keep working on issues affecting Texas.”

Week of Aug. 16 - 20

Abbott sued over mask-mandate ban
 
A growing number of school districts, counties and cities have defied Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning mask mandates, as COVID-19 cases continue to spike due to the delta variant and a low rate of vaccination among Texans.

Week of Aug. 2 - 6

Eight proposed amendments on November ballot
                                                            
The order has been drawn for eight proposed amendments to the much-amended Texas Constitution that will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. The proposed amendments were approved by at least two thirds of both houses of the state Legislature. According to the Austin American-Statesman, they include: