Shortly after the regular session adjourned on May 31, Gov. Rick Perry called a special session to fix political boundaries for congressional and legislative districts and to reconsider critical infrastructure legislation that had failed. He also asked legislators to pass a juvenile justice bill.
Thirty days later, the juvenile justice and highway bills are still dead – buried in the rubble of a second ineffective attempt to restrict abortions in Texas. On redistricting, the special session produced maps that varied little from maps drawn by a judicial panel and used in the 2012 elections. The governor has signed those.
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