AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The Texas Legislature convened a special session today and immediately took steps to extend the life of several key state agencies.
The Senate quickly passed the bill extending the Department of Transportation, the Department of Insurance and three other smaller agencies until Sept. 1, 2011. The House is expected to pass the bill as early as Thursday. Those agencies were supposed to be part of the normal renew and review process under Texas law during the regular session. But they got shoved aside when partisan bickering over a voter identification bill and a standoff on transportation funding stalled bills in the final days before lawmakers left town.