Gov. Perry announces second special session

Gov. Perry announces second special session

Gov. Perry announces second special session

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by KVUE.com and Associated Press

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Posted on June 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 6:30 PM

AUSTIN – Wednesday afternoon Gov. Rick Perry announced a second special session for the 83rd Texas Legislature.

It will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1. 

“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas," Perry said in a press release. "Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do."

The special session will consider the three issues that went unaddressed after Democratic Senator Wendy Davis filibustered for more than 12 hours Tuesday.

Those three issues include:

  • Legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities.
  • Legislation relating to the funding of transportation infrastructure projects. 
  • Legislation relating to establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old offender.

Wednesday evening Davis released the following statement about the second special session:

"Misplaced priorities of legislative leaders squandered a tremendous opportunity to make much needed improvements in our transportation infrastructure and help create good jobs and bring businesses to Texas.  Despite urging by responsible members of the Senate to bring up the matter of transportation, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst derailed as much as much as $1 billion per year in transportation funding by stubbornly pushing divisive, failed legislation attacking women's health care options.

If leaders are serious about using this second called special session to improve the lives of Texans by repairing and expanding our transportation networks, they will find no greater ally than me.  If they intend to keep pushing their extreme personal political agenda ahead of the interests of Texas families, I will not back off of my duty to fight on their behalf."

Perry can call as many 30-day extra sessions as he likes, but lawmakers can only take up those issues he assigns. 

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