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The special legislative session. Here’s what to expect.

When we last left the Legislature it seemed everyone was in a foul temper.

With less than two weeks to go in the regular 140-day session, the dozen most conservative members of the House, known as the Freedom Caucus, blocked House approval of must-pass “Sunset” legislation to keep the Texas State Medical Board and four other agencies operating past Sept. 1. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, seized the opportunity, taking the Sunset bill hostage and refusing to release it until the House passed transgender bathroom and property tax rollback legislation that met his approval.

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, called Patrick’s ultimatum “regrettable” and didn’t budge.