Gov. Rick Perry's office announced Wednesday afternoon that the governor has called for the second special session of 2013, set to commence at 2 p.m. on July 1. Only hours after Sen. Wendy Davis, her colleagues, and their supporters managed to block passage of legislation that would all but ban abortion in the state, the governor announced that the discussion on the legislation would start over.
"I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas," Perry said in his statement. "Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do."
In addition to the bill that would shutter 37 of 42 of the state's abortion clinics, Perry has called for discussion on legislation pertaining to transportation funding and sentencing for 17-year-olds convicted of felonies.
However, the focus of the next special session will be squarely on the abortion restrictions, which are set to be not simply based on faulty science, and aren't solely the tightest in the nation, but are unconstitutional alongside. If last night's show was any indication, next week could be the most interesting legislative session of the entire year.
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As aforementioned, Perry noted that "Texans value life." This statement comes hours before Texas is set to execute its 500th inmate. We're glad our governor still has the capacity for irony, if nothing else.