Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has called a special session of her state's legislature to give her the authority to join Texas and other states in a lawsuit over President Barack Obama's healthcare reform plan.
Just last month, many Republican activists were calling on Gov. Rick Perry to plan for a special session as soon as Obama signed the bill so that Texas could immediately opt out of the landmark federal legislation. Gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina made the need for a special session related to Obama's healthcare bill a central plank of her primary campaign against Perry.
In the days since the healthcare bill became law, the talk of a special session has not grown stronger.
Several state lawmakers have announced plans to draft or support measures to reject the Obama bill in the next regular session in 2011.
This analysis from Christopher Heath of San Antonio TV station KENS points to a few reasons Perry wouldn't want to call a special session this year, including the fact that he would be barred from fundraising for his reelection campaign during that period.
When asked on Friday about if Perry was considering calling a special session on healthcare, spokeswoman Allison Castle said, "We are now exploring all of our options to protect Texas families, patients and taxpayers from Washington's actions, including legal challenges to the constitutionality of the federal law."