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Gov. Perry Calls 2nd Special Session

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:13 PM CDT

Gov. Rick Perry announced a second special session for the Texas Legislature Wednesday afternoon -- with abortion once again on the agenda.

"I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas," Perry said in a statement.

The session will begin Monday, July 1.

On the agenda are three items: abortion, transportation, and juvenile justice sentencing.

"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," Perry said.

The first special session ended in chaos as Sen. Wendy Davis tried to filibuster an abortion bill. The senate voted on that bill minutes after midnight -- when the session officially ends -- invalidating the vote.

Special Session facts:

Do special sessions have to last 30 days?

No. Texas Constitution Article 3, Section 40 limits special sessions to a maximum of thirty days but imposes no minimum.

Is there a limit on the number of special sessions that can be called between regular legislative sessions?

No. The Texas Constitution does not limit the number of special sessions a governor may call in between two regular legislative sessions.

Which legislative session has had the most called sessions?

Between 1989-1990, Governor Bill Clements called six special sessions of the 71st Legislature to consider over 100 items.Gov. Perry Calls 2nd Special Session


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