As a long, hot summer drags on in Austin, legislators are now well into their third 30-day special session since adjourning the 140-day regular session on May 27. Gov. Rick Perry called them back to work Tuesday, after the second special session wound down without producing the two-thirds House majority required to pass a constitutional amendment dedicating oil and gas revenue to the state highway fund.
The Senate has already passed anew its own version of the constitutional amendment and enabling legislation in the third special session. A House committee yesterday passed a different version, HJR 1 and HB 1, and also weighed some alternative proposals that would not require a two-thirds vote to pass. Both chambers convene again on Monday, August 5, when the matter could come up for a vote again on the House floor. Read More