AUSTIN (July 30, 2013)--The Texas Senate acted quickly Tuesday to pass the two items on the third special session agenda less than an hour after Gov. Rick Perry called lawmakers back.
Perry called another special legislative session Tuesday afternoon after the House failed to produce enough votes to approve a constitutional amendment to spend at least $840 million more a year on transportation.
Senators wasted no time in suspending rules to refer the amendment and related enabling legislation to the Senate Finance Committee, which sent the measures to the full chamber in 10 minutes.
The full Senate passed the measures 30 minutes later, sending them to the House, which meets Monday and in which it’s still not clear whether supporters can muster the votes need to send the amendment to voters.
Gov. Rick Perry issued a brief statement Tuesday praising senators for their quick action.
“I commend Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and the members of the Senate for doing their part to keep Texas moving on an upward trajectory of economic fortune. I look forward to working with members of the Texas House to ensure we address the important transportation needs of our state,” he said.