It took longer and required much more effort than anticipated, but when the end came at midnight Friday, Gov. Rick Perry had what he wanted: sweeping abortion regulations that, incidentally, placed Texas in the national spotlight.
An emotionally drained Senate approved House Bill 2 on a largely party line vote as midnight struck, closing a long night punctuated by full-throated yells from protesters outside the Senate chamber, a flurry of arrests and heartfelt closing speeches by senators from both parties.
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SPECIAL SESSION SCORECARD
Gov. Rick Perry called the Legislature into a second 30-day special session July 1 to consider three issues:
Abortion restrictions — Bill headed to Perry’s desk
Life with parole for juvenile capital murderers — Bill headed to Perry’s desk
Road funding — Senate approved a proposal to redirect money that now goes into the rainy day fund and apply it to highway construction. House has other ideas and is scheduled to consider them Monday.
For more on the abortion debate
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