Governor Rick Perry Calls Second Special Session for Texas Legislature
Texas legislators will be back to work in Austin next month.
The Texas Senate was unable to pass legislation late Tuesday evening following a filibuster and much noise from inside the Senate Chamber.
The special session will address issues that were not passed in the first special session, including:
- 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.
Perry weighed in on the issue.
“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. 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.”