Tuesday, June 02, 2009

"Special Interest Session" on launch pad

Legislature adjourns without resolving road issues



Associated Press
Copyright 2009

The Texas Legislature has adjourned its session without resolving a dispute over the Texas Department of Transportation and $2 billion in road-building bonds.

Monday's end of the session raises the likelihood that lawmakers will be called back to continue their work in a special session.

Gov. Rick Perry would have to call a special session, which could last up to 30 days.

The sticking point was $2 billion in transportation funding that the House failed to pass before gaveling out the 2009 regular session.

Angry Republican senators said it was preferable to quit and let Perry call them back to work.

Several Democrats argued against the move, saying it was dangerous to begin the shutdown process of major agencies.

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