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Texas TribuneTree protection ordinances targeted by Republicans, defended by city officials5/1/2017https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/01/local-tree-ordinances-spark-debate-over-state-control-fire-prevention/
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Office of the Texas Governor
Governor Abbott Announces Special Session6/6/2017https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-special-session
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StatesmanAustin mayor: Abbott’s call for special session is ‘a war against cities’6/6/2017http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/austin-mayor-abbott-call-for-special-session-war-against-cities/40bpFqTSfFo4rFuasW5EIP/
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StatesmanGov. Abbott calls for sweeping special session on conservative goals6/6/2017http://www.mystatesman.com/news/gov-abbott-calls-for-sweeping-special-session-conservative-goals/BvNzVVKhFENQ9JNj4nUmDK/
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Texas TribuneCity leaders, advocates criticize Abbott for special session agenda6/6/2017https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/06/city-leaders-advocates-criticize-abbott-special-session-agenda/
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Texas TribuneWhat Gov. Greg Abbott has said — or not said — about special session items6/8/2017http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article155151374.html
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KCBDGov. Abbott lays out broad agenda for special session of Texas Legislature6/9/2017http://www.kcbd.com/story/35602227/full-video-gov-abbott-lays-out-broad-agenda-for-special-session-of-texas-legislature
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KUTGov. Abbott Wants To Put An End To Austin's Tree-Hugging6/9/2017http://kut.org/post/gov-abbott-wants-put-end-austins-tree-hugging
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ObserverGovernor Abbott’s Beef with Tree Ordinances Has Its Roots in a Pecan Tree He Destroyed to Build a New Home6/12/2017https://www.texasobserver.org/governor-abbotts-beef-with-tree-ordinances-has-its-roots-in-a-pecan-tree-he-destroyed-to-build-a-new-home/
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Texas TribuneAbbott grappled with local tree regulations targeted in special session6/12/2017http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article155803319.html
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Texas TribuneAbbott grappled with local tree regulations targeted in special session6/12/2017https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/12/austin-homeowner-gov-abbott-grappled-tree-regulations/
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Downtown Austin PatchAbbott's Own Tree Removal Fight Could Explain Odd Special Session Item6/13/2017https://patch.com/texas/downtownaustin/abbotts-own-fight-over-tree-removal-could-explain-reason-priority-special
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StatesmanGov. Greg Abbott’s bone to pick with Austin’s tree ordinance is personal6/13/2017http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local-govt--politics/gov-greg-abbott-bone-pick-with-austin-tree-ordinance-personal/JqAam3dXSUZKxXCTZP2ofM/
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Texas TribuneThe Brief: You have your next state budget, Texas6/13/2017https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/13/brief-june-13/
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KUTDespite Abbott’s Bark, ‘Socialistic’ Tree Rule Still Lets People Cut Down Trees In Austin6/14/2017http://kut.org/post/despite-abbott-s-bark-socialistic-tree-rule-still-lets-people-cut-down-trees-austin
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PolitifactBreaking down Greg Abbott's 'common' pecan tree tale6/14/2017http://www.politifact.com/texas/article/2017/jun/14/breaking-down-greg-abbotts-common-pecan-tree-tale/
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Texas TribuneWill Texas lawmakers ax tree ordinances in more than 50 cities?6/14/2017https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/14/lawmakers-city-officials-battle-over-tree-regulations/
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The Kaufman HeraldGovernor demands action, calls lawmakers back to Austin6/15/2017http://www.kaufmanherald.com/hot_news/article_b6201d5c-51d9-11e7-8cc5-07b8d5fa8a23.html
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StatesmanGov. Greg Abbott’s veto choices show ‘disdain’ for Austin, lawmakers say6/15/2017http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/gov-greg-abbott-veto-choices-show-disdain-for-austin-lawmakers-say/5f9kPBHq5u6CesKJJWYXZO/
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Texas TribuneAbbott vetoes 50 bills passed by Legislature6/15/2017https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/15/gov-greg-abbott-vetoes-50-bills-passed-texas-legislature/
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Office of the Texas Governor
Governor Abbott Vetoes SB 7446/15/2017https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-vetoes-sb-744
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Texas TribuneThe Brief: Bills fall under Abbott's veto pen6/16/2017https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/16/brief-june-16-17/
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The Austin ChronicleA Legislative Session Just for Dan Patrick6/16/2017https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2017-06-16/a-legislative-session-just-for-dan-patrick/
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Community Impact Newspaper
6 bills Gov. Abbott vetoed and what it means for Texas going forward6/16/2017https://communityimpact.com/austin/at-the-capitol/2017/06/16/6-bills-gov-abbott-vetoed-means-texas-going-forward/
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Texas ObserverThis Week: Behind Greg Abbott’s Bizarre Beef with Tree Ordinances6/16/2017https://www.texasobserver.org/week-behind-greg-abbotts-bizarre-beef-tree-ordinances/
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Austin Chronicle"This Is Austin Bashing on Steroids"6/16/2017https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2017-06-16/this-is-austin-bashing-on-steroids/
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Austin ChronicleGreg Abbott, Tree Killer6/16/2017https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2017-06-16/greg-abbott-tree-killer/
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StatesmanGov. Abbott eyes repeal of local tree ordinances6/19/2017http://www.statesman.com/news/local/gov-abbott-eyes-repeal-local-tree-ordinances/v1F1H76V6LI95TnSEmDHmI/
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StatesmanLocal tree ordinances could be cut in Texas6/21/2017http://www.statesman.com/news/local/local-tree-ordinances-could-cut-texas/KSWrYda6VF88bMezm6nlQM/
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Texas TribuneAbbott plots aggressive approach to special session6/22/17https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/22/greg-abbott-texas-special-session-approach/
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Texas TribuneAnalysis: You can fight City Hall — if you’re governor of Texas6/23/17https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/23/analysis-you-can-fight-city-hall-if-youre-governor-texas/
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Communtiy Impact NewspaperREACTION: Texas-California feud extends beyond this week’s travel ban6/23/17https://communityimpact.com/austin/at-the-capitol/2017/06/23/california-bans-state-funded-travel-texas-no-one-texas-seems-bothered/
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StatesmanTwo Views: Abbott’s pick-up sticks play politics with a special session6/25/17http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/two-views-abbott-pick-sticks-play-politics-with-special-session/ZkA8pMeYCB3AoIPKL6djwK/
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Community Impact Newspaper
Analysis: Do these 8 bills undermine local control or save individual liberty?6/26/17https://communityimpact.com/austin/at-the-capitol/2017/06/26/analysis-8-bills-undermine-local-control-save-individual-liberty/
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Community Impact Newspaper
See what your state lawmakers accomplished in the 85th legislative session6/27/17https://communityimpact.com/austin/at-the-capitol/2017/06/27/see-state-lawmakers-accomplished-85th-legislative-session/
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Community Impact Newspaper
Gov. Greg Abbott names legislators who will tackle local control issues in special session6/28/17https://communityimpact.com/austin/central-austin/at-the-capitol/2017/06/28/gov-greg-abbott-names-legislators-will-tackle-local-control-issues-special-session/
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Texas TribuneAnalysis: A governor (belatedly) setting the Legislature’s agenda6/29/17https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/29/analysis-governor-belatedly-setting-legislatures-agenda/
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KXANFight over private property tree removal heats up6/29/17http://kxan.com/2017/06/28/governor-puts-momentum-behind-tree-removal-law-austin-leaders-opposed/
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Office of the Texas GovernorGovernor Abbott Applauds Sen. Hall, Rep. Workman’s Intention To Author Legislation Preventing Cities From Regulating Trees On Private Land6/28/17https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-applauds-sen.-hall-rep.-workmans-intention-to-author-legisl
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StatesmanLocal tree ordinances could be cut in Texas7/4/17http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/local-tree-ordinances-could-cut-texas/T7FQFQ84u4YFPdczAZkLgO/
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Austin MonitorAbbott takes aim at Austin's tree protections7/6/17https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2017/07/abbott-takes-aim-austins-tree-protections/
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StatesmanHerman: Legislators warm up for Tuesday start of Texas special session7/11/2017http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/herman-legislators-warm-for-tuesday-start-texas-special-session/DNwxWsOzhbpo17F4jPWRBK/
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Texas TribuneCritics say Abbott catering to donors with special session priorities7/14/2017https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/14/gov-abbott-received-107-million-construction-and-developers-report-sho/
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Miami HeraldSpecial Session revives racial tensions, 'bathroom bill'7/15/2017http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article161558423.html
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KXANState of Texas: Opposing views of the Special Session7/16/2017http://kxan.com/2017/07/16/state-of-texas-opposing-views-of-the-special-session/
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Austin MonitorCity of Austin welcomes Texas AG opinion on local tree rules7/18/2017https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2017/07/city-austin-welcomes-texas-ag-opinion-local-tree-rules/
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StatesmanGov. Greg Abbott calls for limits to city budget increases7/18/2017http://www.statesman.com/news/local/gov-greg-abbott-calls-for-limits-city-budget-increases/mFRVnX2TDL1cCPPjYGc92K/
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My PlainviewSenate opens session by moving sunset bills7/18/2017http://www.myplainview.com/news/article/Senate-opens-session-by-moving-sunset-bills-11297685.php
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The Daily TexanHorns Up, Horns Down: Summer 20177/19/2017http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/07/19/horns-up-horns-down-summer-2017
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KERA NewsIn Texas Politics, A Brewing Battle Over State vs. Local Control7/20/2017http://keranews.org/post/texas-politics-brewing-battle-over-state-vs-local-control
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StatesmanSenate hearing Saturday puts local government authority in cross hairs7/22http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/senate-hearing-saturday-puts-local-government-authority-cross-hairs/tUHo1PbpAMwl7cjhSBw9DO/
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Texas TribuneTexas Senate committee OKs bill to outlaw city cellphone restrictions7/22/17https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/22/senate-committees-debate-local-control-measures/
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StatesmanTwo Views: Texas tree ordinances are eminent domain in all but name7/24/17http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/two-views-texas-tree-ordinances-are-eminent-domain-all-but-name/R0SKcCfmDXwRFXrk2y3AzM/
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StatesmanDozens of people tell House committee to scrap tree bill7/25/17http://www.statesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/dozens-people-tell-house-committee-scrap-tree-bill/pmXX6RviHtLYO23miDATwL/
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Community Impact Newspaper
The Woodlands Township board members oppose tree legislation7/25/17https://communityimpact.com/houston/the-woodlands/at-the-capitol/2017/07/25/woodlands-township-board-members-oppose-tree-legislation/
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Texas TribuneTexas Senate passes bill to allow people to vote on whether a city can annex them7/26/17https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/26/texas-senate-passes-annexation-reform-bill-without-military-base-prote/
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StatesmanBill to ban tree ordinances passes Texas Senate7/26/17http://www.statesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/bill-ban-tree-ordinances-passes-texas-senate/x8jEOph56O5qIjO8mymQTP/
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KVUE ABCTexas Senators pass bills on 18 out of 20 Special Session Call7/26/17http://www.kvue.com/news/politics/texas-senators-pass-bills-on-18-out-of-20-special-session-call/459790572
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StatesmanSenate clears most Abbott priorities, shifting attention to House7/26/17http://www.mystatesman.com/news/senate-clears-most-abbott-priorities-shifting-attention-house/eMqOzNqL32wBJ3rjHBjRIM/
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Texas TribuneThe Brief: With most of Abbott's special session items passed, Senate takes the day off7/27/17https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/27/brief-july-27/
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StatesmanHouse passes tree bill decried as 'a poke in the eye of the governor'7/27/17http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional/house-passes-tree-bill-decried-poke-the-eye-the-governor/UkqofJbW7VUZ0TnXDWLueN/
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Texas TribuneHouse approves tree removal bill, breaking from Abbott and Senate7/27/17https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/27/house-approves-tree-bill-breaking-abbott-and-senate/
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Fox 7 NewsSpecial session moves forward with exception of bathroom bill7/27/17http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/270527518-story
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StatesmanTexas House votes again to move forward on tree bill Abbott vetoed7/27/17http://www.statesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/texas-house-votes-again-move-forward-tree-bill-abbott-vetoed/PSHDlbY2z5JOlqEIAGBpuL/
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Austin MonitorDueling tree ordinance bills advance7/28/17https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2017/07/dueling-tree-ordinance-bills-advance/
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ObserverThe Texas Legislature's Chainsaw Massacre7/28/17https://www.texasobserver.org/texas-legislatures-chainsaw-massacre/
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StatesmanCommentary: Tree legislation brings Texas to the edge of anti-localism7/31/17http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/commentary-tree-legislation-brings-texas-the-edge-anti-localism/KiXuGknE7wtG73mKJVMAHM/
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Spectrum NewsTexas lawmakers review dual bills to cut local tree ordinances7/31/17http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/politics/2017/07/31/battle-over-tree-removal--texas-lawmakers-review-dual-bills-to-cut-tree-ordinances.html
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StatesmanViewpoints: Texas GOP House closer to communities than Abbott, Patrick7/31/17http://www.mystatesman.com/news/opinion/viewpoints-texas-gop-house-closer-communities-than-abbott-patrick/GCCMKNyHDzaUFdyAym3xHN/
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Texas TribuneHere are 5 takeaways from the first half of the special session8/1/17https://www.texastribune.org/2017/08/01/five-takeaways-first-half-special-session/
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KVUE ABCOpponents of Texas tree bills 'speak for the trees' at Capitol8/3/17http://www.kvue.com/news/politics/opponents-of-texas-tree-bills-speak-for-the-trees-at-capitol-1/461495755
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Fox 7 NewsDr. Suess book used to rally for tree ordinances8/3/17http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/271660097-story
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StatesmanGov. Abbott predicts special session will create a 'far better' Texas8/5/2017http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/gov-abbott-predicts-special-session-will-create-far-better-texas/sAPG911ByDOnDtKtHWppII/
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KXANState of Texas: In Depth - Why everyone is talking about trees8/6/17http://kxan.com/2017/08/06/state-of-texas-in-depth-why-everyone-is-talking-about-trees/
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Texas TribuneHere's where the Texas Legislature is on Abbott's special session issues8/7/17http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article165880847.html
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StatesmanSenate committee bulks up tree bill to better fit Abbott's vision8/8/2017http://www.statesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/senate-committee-bulks-tree-bill-better-fit-abbott-vision/3zgouiUMOcu5dkc1mxOJHL/
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