Short agenda for Texas special session

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants to keep the special session he called short and simple.

Lawmakers are due back in Austin tomorrow with marching orders to extend the shelf life of some critical state agencies and allow the Department of Transportation to issue $2 billion in bonds for building roads.

Perry says he thinks they can be finished in time for the July 4 holiday weekend. He says he purposely kept the agenda short to help lawmakers get out of town.

Then again, this is the same bunch of legislators whose bickering caused the problem in the first place.

Partisan fights over a voter identification bill and a tussle over how to pay for road projects left several key issues unfinished when lawmakers left a month ago.

The special session is scheduled for 30 days but lawmakers can leave earlier if they finish their work.