Abbott to lay out top legislative priorities


WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov.-elect Greg Abbott is set to reveal his priority issues for the 2015 Legislature.


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Abbott, who has been Texas attorney general since 2002, is holding a Monday news conference at the Texas Capitol. He was easily elected governor last month, and has since led a 20-state coalition suing the Obama administration in federal court over recently announced executive actions on immigration.


Abbott has now sued the federal government 31 times on Texas’ behalf since President Barack Obama took office.


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He campaigned on securing the Texas-Mexico border, increasing state spending for roads and other infrastructure and expanding educational programs — including more pre-kindergarten classes.


Abbott also has pushed for legislation allowing Texans to openly carry handguns.


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The Legislature convenes its regular session Jan. 13. Abbott takes office a week later.