Texas to Begin Special Legislative Session July 1


Governor Rick Perry of Texas has called for a special legislative session to begin Wednesday, July 1, in attempts to resolve three major issues that failed to be decided during the state’s regular legislative session, reported the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

The Austin-American Statesman reported that Gov. Perry has assigned an agenda of three major topics. These topics include:

Maintaining five state agencies; the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Department of Insurance, the Texas Racing Commission, the Office of Public Insurance Counsel and the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. Without legislation these agencies will be eliminated.

Legislation that will allow the Texas Department of Transportation to distribute obligation bonds for highway projects and for the creation, administration, financing and use of a Texas Transportation Revolving Fund that will supply financial aid to transportation projects. Voters have already accepted these bonds.

And, expanding the power of the Texas Department of Transportation and a “regional mobility authority to use comprehensive development agreements to design, finance, build and maintain transportation infrastructure.”

A special legislative session can only last for up to 30 days, reported the Dallas Morning News, and lawmakers are restricted to a legislative agenda set by the governor.

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