Written by Ed Sterling Friday, 12 July 2013 08:00
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry on June 26 summoned lawmakers back to Austin for a second special session of the Texas Legislature to begin July 1. Perry ordered lawmakers to write and pass legislation to do three things:
• Regulate abortion procedures, providers and facilities.
• Fund transportation infrastructure projects.
• Establish a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old offender.
Perry's first called session ended on June 25 with Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, talking to death SB 5, legislation to increase state regulation of women's health care and access to abortion services in particular. Davis's 11-hour filibuster was augmented by motions and questions of parliamentary procedure by Sens. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, Judith Zaffirini of Laredo, Kirk Watson of Austin, John Whitmire of Houston and other Democrats.