On Wednesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he is calling a special session of the Texas Legislature that will begin Monday, July 1. Governor Perry's office released this statement:
“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. 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 address the regulation of abortion procedures, abortion providers, and facilities where abortions can be performed. The session will also cover the funding of transportation projects, and establishing a mandatory life sentence for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old offender.
The governor's announcement comes after Texas legislators failed to pass an abortion bill Tuesday that called for the toughest abortion restrictions in the country.
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