Within an hour after the 83rd Texas Legislature adjourned, Gov. Rick Perry called a special session beginning at 6 p.m. May 27 so lawmakers can ratify interim legislative maps in advance of a Supreme Court hearing and decision expected this month.
In spite of pleas by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Perry did not add a host of requested social items to the agenda—no mention of abortion limitations, no mention of more gun laws—but that could change.
Perry may add items to the agenda at any time during a special session, which could last just a few days and cannot run longer than 30 days.
"We can all be proud of the responsible steps made this session to invest in our citizens, fund water infrastructure, and build an even stronger foundation for the future of our economy and Texas families," Perry said in a statement. "By lowering taxes on job creators, opening the door to more higher education opportunities in South Texas, investing in a skilled workforce and keeping our state government efficient and accountable, hardworking taxpayers have freedom, opportunity and peace of mind. However, there is still work to be done on behalf of the citizens of Texas."
The Senate gaveled in the special for just a few minutes on Monday evening; officials at the House said that chamber would open the session at 11 a.m. Tuesday.