Texas Senate gavels in special session

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Associated Press

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 28 at 7:05 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has gaveled in after a short break, officially starting the special legislative session called by Gov. Rick Perry.

The Legislature adjourned its regular 140-day session on Monday, and lawmakers were almost immediately ordered by Perry to stick around for another 30 days to address redistricting.

Although the House quit business for the night, the Senate decided to resume business less than an hour later. The House is expected to meet Tuesday.

The only agenda item Perry has put on the agenda is for lawmakers to address state voting maps that have been challenged in court since 2011. Perry could add more issues later.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and social conservatives have urged Perry to add abortion limits, gun bills and a school choice education measure.

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