Speaking for approximately 76 minutes, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, successfully filibustered a key budget bill, possibly forcing Gov. Rick Perry to call a special session on the budget.
Davis drew applause from the Senate gallery when Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst confirmed that Davis had killed a possible vote on the bill for the day. To pass the bill on Monday, the last day of the legislative session, senators will need 25 votes out of the 31-member Senate. State Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, said the votes might be there. State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, predicted the needed votes would not materialize.
In a press conference afterward, Davis said she hoped that a special session will lead to a better budget, as Texans will be paying more attention. She called on lawmakers to use more of the Rainy Day Fund and consider repealing a tax exemption on high-cost natural gas production to add $4 billion to the budget, the amount expected to be cut from public schools in the proposed budget.