Perry Says He Will Call Special Session

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry Tuesday announced he'll call a special legislative session so lawmakers can address unfinished state business.

Perry declined to say when lawmakers will reconvene in Austin.

The Texas governor can call multiple special sessions lasting a maximum of 30 days each.

The Legislature adjourned June 1 without passing key bills that would have kept important state agencies running. The list includes the transportation and insurance departments and the Texas Racing Commission.

Perry last week said his staff was studying all options in trying to decide whether a special session was necessary. Perry can add any number of items to the agenda of a special session.

He wouldn't say whether a contentious voter identification proposal - to require Texans to show more ID before casting a ballot - would be on the agenda.

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