The First Called Special Session of the 82nd Legislature ends a week from today on June 29. At this point, it is unclear whether all of the items on the session’s agenda will pass. Senate Bill 4, the congressional redistricting bill, has passed both houses and has been sent to Governor Perry but the rest of the bills are at various stages in the process. Speaker Joe Straus has indicated that the House may work through the weekend in order to get legislation passed but no calendars have been set at this point.
Governor Perry added another item to the “call” of this special session. He has directed legislators to consider legislation addressing the intrusive groping of airline passengers.
Former Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams has switched his focus from the race to replace U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to the race for one of the newly created congressional districts, District 33, in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex.