Gov. Rick Perry Calls for Special Session of Texas Legislature - Lt. Gov. Dewhurst asks for HB 1937 TSA Groping Bill
by Bob Price on May 31, 2011 at 9:03 AM
Texas Governor Rick Perry has held the Texas Legislature in place by calling for a Special Session to deal with a school finance plan blocked by Democrats in the regular session. The session will also deal with Medicaid cost savings.
The Special Session can last up to 30 days and can only deal with issues brought forward by the Governor. Certain rules, like the Senate "Blocker Bill" rule, are also not in effect, making it more difficult for Democrats to block Conservative legislation.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked the Governor to add several more issues including the HB 1937 TSA Anti-Groping bill, which Democrats also blocked in the waning days of the regular session.
Contact Gov. Perry today and ask him to add HB1937 to the Special Session!
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Here is the text of Lt. Gov. Dewhurst's letter to the Governor:
Dear Governor Perry,
Unfortunately, despite the very hard work and determination of the majority of Members of both the House and Senate, the Legislature was unable to pass a number of important bills, including SB 1811 needed to fund the budget, before the deadline of midnight last night.
Still, there is still an outside possibility that SB 1811 could pass the Texas Senate today with the bipartisan support of four-fifths of the Members. However, if this vote should fail − forcing us into Special Session − I believe that it would be in the best interest of all Texans to start tomorrow and ask you to consider including the following bills in your call:
SB 1811 – Relating to certain state fiscal matters and making necessary appropriations; providing penalties;
SB 8 – Relating to improving the quality and efficiency of health care;
SB 23 – Relating to the administration of reforms, efficiency, cost-saving, fraud prevention, and funding measures for certain health and human services and health benefits programs;
HB 5 – Relating to establishing an Interstate Health Care Compact; HB 12 – Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities;
HB 272 – Relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and to the resolution of certain disputes concerning claims made to that association;
SB 12/HB400 – Relating to the flexibility of the Board of Trustees of a school district in the management and operation of public schools in the district and theflexibility for public schools to administer primary and secondary education efficiently;
HB 1937 – Relating to prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression by the intrusive touching of persons seeking access to public buildings and transportation; and
HB 900/SB 308 – Relating to the composition of the congressional districts for the State of Texas.
As you know, certain Senate procedures – such as the two-thirds tradition – exist to bring Democrats and Republicans together, encouraging Members to work in good faith in order to achieve positive outcomes for the people of Texas. Given that a small number of Senate Democrats have demonstrated their unwillingness to find consensus on these important legislative items, I can see no other alternative than to operate under a simple majority vote in the Special Session.
I look forward to working with you and Speaker Straus to finish the important business Texans elected us to accomplish.
End of Letter
Contact Governor Perry and ask him to add any of the bills above that you support.