Legislators expecting special session


by FOTI KALLERGIS / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL


Posted on May 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 2:00 PM

AUSTIN -- It's a wrap for the 83rd Legislative Session of Texas lawmakers, but maybe not for long. Many lawmakers are expecting a special session ordered by Governor Rick Perry.

It could be a big political move for Governor Perry, especially with his political future unannounced. He could try to revive some conservative bills that deal with gun control and abortion.

Still this session is being called a productive one. About 793 bills have been sent to the governor. He has signed only about 200 of those bills.

The big one he needs to sign soon is the state budget. This was the one issue which caused a bitter fight between the House and Senate. In the end, it was a win for public education, with $4 billion being restored.

Lawmakers also passed a bill which deals with limiting end-of-course exams to only five. That still needs to be signed by the governor as well.

It was a late night Sunday, with a number of last-minute bills going through.

"It's kind of like college finals. Where you have one final after another and spending all night cramming for your exams. It's tiring. It's an emotional drain. We are separated from our families. This is a holiday weekend, and so this is where you think you want to be with your family and your loved ones. We're here, but it's important. It's a sacrifice we make," Trey Martinez Fischer (D) San Antonio said.

Governor Perry has until June 16 to sign every bill on his desk. Those which aren't signed will automatically become law.

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