Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick  gaveled out the 85th legislative session for the Texas Senate on May 29, 2017.  Patrick hinted at a special session later this year to take care of issues that weren't resolved during the regular session. 
<p>Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick &nbsp;gaveled out the 85th legislative session for the Texas Senate on May 29, 2017. &nbsp;Patrick hinted at a special session later this year to take care of issues that weren't resolved during the regular session.&nbsp;</p>

Uncertainty, deep tension mark the end of the 85th regular session

The 85th legislative session came to a close Monday amid uncertainty over whether Gov. Greg Abbott would call lawmakers back for overtime. Tensions ran high up until the session's end. 

Uncertainty, deep tension mark the end of the 85th regular session

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick &nbsp;gaveled out the 85th legislative session for the Texas Senate on May 29, 2017. &nbsp;Patrick hinted at a special session later this year to take care of issues that weren't resolved during the regular session.&nbsp;
<p>Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick &nbsp;gaveled out the 85th legislative session for the Texas Senate on May 29, 2017. &nbsp;Patrick hinted at a special session later this year to take care of issues that weren't resolved during the regular session.&nbsp;</p>

The 85th legislative session came to a close Monday amid uncertainty over whether Gov. Greg Abbott would call lawmakers back for overtime. Tensions ran high up until the session's end. 

 

Sen. Menéndez's filibuster effectively kills city annexation bill

State Sen.&nbsp;Jos&eacute; Men&eacute;ndez, D-San Antonio, begins a&nbsp;late Sunday night filibuster against a bill dealing with city annexations, on May 28, 2017.
<p><span>State Sen.&nbsp;</span>Jos&eacute; Men&eacute;ndez, D-San Antonio, begins a<span>&nbsp;late Sunday night filibuster against a bill dealing with city annexations, on May 28, 2017.</span></p>

Urban Democrats said they opposed the bill because it didn't allow planning regulations for land around military bases. They feared that could lead to development that interferes with the installations' operations. 

Legislature approves bill requiring disclosure of government contracts

Freshman Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, talks to colleagues in the House chamber on March 4, 2013. Capriglione received criticism in committee for proposing a bill that would increase transparency in members' business dealings.
<p>Freshman Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, talks to colleagues in the House chamber on March 4, 2013. Capriglione received criticism in committee for proposing a bill that would increase transparency in members' business dealings.</p>

Politicians who make money off government contracts will have to disclose the work under a bill that got final approval in the Legislature Sunday.

Analysis: The Texas Legislature blows its deadline

At an outdoor bill-signing ceremony in Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott tells reporters he'll make an announcement on a special session later this week.&nbsp;
<p>At an outdoor bill-signing ceremony in Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott tells reporters he'll make an announcement on a special session later this week.&nbsp;</p>

The state's top leaders couldn't close a session-ending deal over the final weekend, giving advocates of bathroom and property tax legislation — if the governor allows it — another chance. 

Republican lawmaker: I called immigration authorities on Capitol protesters

On the last day of the 85th legislative session, protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4 &mdash; the "sanctuary cities" law, fill up the rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin on May 29, 2017.
<p>On the last day of the 85th legislative session, protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4 &mdash; the "sanctuary cities" law, fill up the rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin on May 29, 2017.</p>

On the last day of the regular session of the Texas Legislature, hundreds protested at the Capitol — and Republican state Rep. Matt Rinaldi called ICE on them. He also nearly came to blows with Democratic colleagues. 

Lawmakers teeter on the brink of special session

Gov. Greg Abbott looks on as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (left) and House Speaker Joe Straus shake hands at the Capitol on May 27, 2017.&nbsp;
<p>Gov. Greg Abbott looks on as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (left) and House Speaker Joe Straus shake hands at the Capitol on May 27, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

As of Sunday night, lawmakers still had little to show for two assignments Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had given them in the home stretch: property tax reform and a "bathroom bill" that would regulate which restrooms transgender Texans can use.