Texas May Hold 3rd Special Session for Transportation Funding

House and Senate members, scheduled to return to the Capitol on Thursday, have spent most of the last two weeks divided on a key part of the plan to invest about $900 million more for highways.
July 26, 2013

State lawmakers are at an impasse over how to increase Texas transportation funding, and with a session deadline looming, Gov. Rick Perry has signaled he'll keep them longer if they don't finish the job.

House and Senate members, scheduled to return to the Capitol on Thursday, have spent most of the last two weeks divided on a key part of the plan to invest about $900 million more for highways. Senate officials, in passing their version of the funding plan earlier this month, demanded a minimum amount of money guaranteed for the state's economic stabilization fund, known as the rainy day fund. House lawmakers fought against a floor in their plan, which the Senate rejected last week.

Wednesday, Perry's office said he would call a third special session if lawmakers fail to act. Transportation funding is the final issue of this session unresolved. The session wraps up on Tuesday.

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