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Texas Gov. Perry orders second special session for July 1

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Texas Governor Rick Perry Photo by Joseph Earnest


 by Joseph Earnest June 26, 2013


Newscast Media AUSTINTexas Democrats managed to stall legislation that would restrict abortion across Texas, however, Governor Rick Perry has called a second special session of the Texas Legislature, and will be re-introducing the same legislation together with other bills next week. The abortion bill that has liberals up in arms is Senate Bill 5 that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.(pop-up)


Texas won a major Supreme Court victory that cleared the way to implementing a law that requires Texas voters to show a government-issued photo ID before voting. The Texas Department of Public Safety issued new forms at all the driver's license locations so those without photo IDs can apply for free. However, proof of U.S. citizenship is required, like a birth certificate.


In the recently-released statement calling back the Texas Legislature, Perry said, "I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas." The statement further read: "Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do."

The special session will consider the following issues:

• Legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities.

• Legislation relating to the funding of transportation infrastructure projects.

• Legislation relating to establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old offender.    

The Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1.

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