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Second special session in Austin starts July 1

Amarillo, TX - Governor Rick Perry already called a second special session after state lawmakers didn't have time to address several key issues - and that means Texas lawmakers will be right back to work on Monday.

Here's a look at what's on the table:

Senator Wendy Davis used an 11-hour filibuster to stave off Senate Bill 5, which would have outlawed most abortions after twenty weeks and tightened restrictions on providers. 

Senate Bill 23 would set the maximum sentence for a minor in a capital case to life with the possibility of parole after 40 years.  Doing so would fill a punitive gap in Texas criminal code after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a sentence of death or life without parole for a minor to be unconstitutional.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 would create a funding mechanism for county road infrastructure in counties with oil and gas operations.

State Senator Kel Seliger introduced a similar bill in April that would have focused on the Texas panhandle.

"SJR 65, a bill of mine that did not get a hearing, was going to specifically direct some money to the oil and gas-producing areas where we're seeing a tremendous amount of this oil and gas revenue that in large part is fueling our state's health and robust economy," said Seliger, just after returning from Austin.

Governor Perry announced today the next thirty-day special session will start on July 1st.  The next regular session is scheduled for January 13, 2015.

"I hope that he will add university construction," said Seliger, "There are things planned here and in Canyon that are important for the growth that we're seeing in our universities, that we want to see in our universities."

You can see some bill breakdowns and Gov. Perry's list of topics at the links attached to this story.

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