AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is calling for the Texas Legislature to meet in a second special session to pass restrictions on abortion.http://www.chron.com/...
The first such effort died following a filibuster and rollicking late Tuesday night protest.
The announcement gives Republicans another crack at passing sweeping anti-abortion rules that would close nearly all clinics performing the procedure in the country's second-largest state.
It passed the House, but died after Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis led a more than 12-hour filibuster effort. Hundreds of protesters then cheered, disrupting Senate proceedings as the session closed at midnight.
Perry can call as many 30-day extra sessions as he likes, but lawmakers can only take up those issues he assigns.
Rick Perry has called another special session to pass the dangerous anti-choice bill that failed in the Texas Senate late Tuesday night. Thousands of protesters at the Capitol over the past week were able to shut the bill down in an incredible display of opposition, but they are now in for another fight as Perry remains determined to pass the bill.
The special session will begin next Monday, July 1st and last for 30 days.
"I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas," Perry said in a press release. "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."