Texas Governor Rick Perry has issued a statement on the start of the second Special Session for the Texas Legislature.

Perry called the Legislature back into special session last week after the Texas Senate did not pass legislation following a filibuster and much noise from inside the Senate Chamber on June 25th.

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, saying:

“The Texas Legislature is poised to finish its history-making work this year by passing legislation to protect the unborn and women’s health, invest in our transportation infrastructure and ensure our justice system is fair but firm. This work will build on the historic steps we took during the 83rd Legislative session, addressing our needs for water, cutting the tax burden on Texans and establishing a new university in South Texas. As we open the second special session, we must remember the people of Texas hired us to do our job, and that’s what we must do.”

The second Special Session officially began at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1st. The Texas House and Senate promptly adjourned until July 9th.