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Monday, May 16, 2011

Only Question is the Call for the Special Session

There will be a special session of the Texas legislature this summer, most likely beginning July 11. There is no longer time to pass a congressional redistricting plan. If the Governor does not call the legislature back, then the federal courts will draw the congressional maps and apportion the four new seats. It is inconceivable to me that the Governor will not call the legislature back, given that he called three special sessions in 2003 for congressional redistricting.

House and Senate conferees continue to negotiate HB 1 and attempt to avoid a special session. Wednesday will be a critical day as the House takes up the fiscal matters bills. Unless these bills pass, the call or agenda for the special session will include all or part of the budget along with congressional redistricting.