Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses Texas politics, hot-button issues

Patrick talks about issues coming out of 84th Legislative session

SAN ANTONIO – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke Tuesday afternoon with KSAT 12 News' Cory Smith to talk Texas politics and about some of the hot-button issues coming out of the 84th Legislative session.

"Texas is a Republican state and they wanted Republicans to be fair to be inclusive, but also to do the things they've asked us to do," Patrick said.

Patrick said nearly all of the priorities he and Gov. Greg Abbott laid out were addressed by lawmakers.

Patrick applauded the state's $800 million investement in border security and called the property tax reform package a win for Texas homeowners.

Patrick also said the state's tough abortion law -- upheld in federal court Tuesday -- will protect Texas women though many clinics said it will cause them to shut down.

"Our state has taken the money away from Planned Parenthood and we put it into clinics that actually want to help women," Patrick said.

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