Lawmakers better get packing.
Gov. Perry just called a special session to begin Wednesday, July 1. The session has only three allowed topics, the main one being allowing the continued existence of the five state agencies in danger of shutting down because of critical legislation that wasn't passed during the regular session. The other two topics relate to allowing TXDOT to continue using different types of financing to keep funding road projects.
Governors can call as many special sessions as they want, each lasting up to 30 days. Perry does not say in his proclamation how long this special session will be although he has previously stated he wants it to be very short. Given that this session starts three days before the Fourth of July, this session may just last a couple of days.
This will be Perry's eighth special session.
"The 81st Legislative Session was one of the most successful in recent memory, providing a tax cut to 40,000 small businesses and increasing financial aid for college students by more than 40 percent, all without touching our state's Rainy Day Fund," Perry said. "After speaking with legislators I am calling a special session to extend the operation of five critical agencies and help reduce gridlock by continuing to provide options for financing our state’s highways."
More details to come.