Gov. Greg Abbott has called for a special session of the Texas Legislature to begin July 18.
"Considering all the successes of the 85th legislative session, we should not be where we are today," he said. "A special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the Legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session."
Last week, Texas made national news when state lawmakers got into a shouting match that escalated into shoving and even death threats.
But anger among politicians working at the Texas Capitol had been growing for weeks, and some lay blame for that at the feet of a small group of extremely conservative lawmakers. They call themselves the Texas Freedom Caucus.