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Texas Legislature Ends Special Session

Texas Legislature Ends Special Session

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The Texas Senate has adjourned, ending the second special session of the year after failing to pass a major transportation measure.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst declared the session over on Tuesday after it did not act on a constitutional amendment that would boost transportation spending by $900 million a year. The money would come from oil and gas revenues diverted away from the state's Rainy Day Fund.

Gov. Rick Perry was expected to call lawmakers back within 30 minutes to begin a third special session.

The House failed to get a two-thirds supermajority to approve the deal that would put the amendment in front of voters in 2014.

The measure falls short of the $4 billion a year experts say the state needs for roads.

 

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