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Special session continues after abortion debate

One of the powers held by the governor of Texas is the ability to call the Legislature back to Austin after its regular legislative session is over. In these sessions, known as special sessions, lawmakers can only pass bills related to issues the governor has chosen to place on the agenda. Hours after the conclusion of this year’s regular session, Gov. Rick Perry called a special session to address redistricting. Then, with only two weeks left in that special session, he added three items to the agenda: transportation funding, juvenile justice and abortion restrictions.