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July 12, 2013
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2nd Special Session
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2nd Special Session
The second special session of the 83rd legislature began on Monday, July 1, 2013. The following three issues were placed on the call:

  • Legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers, and facilities.
    • HB 2 by Laubenberg (R-Parker) relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers, and facilities; providing penalties was voted favorably from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on July 11 and has been placed on the Senate calendar for July 12.
  • Legislation relating to the funding of transportation infrastructure projects.
    • HB 8 by Harper Brown (R-Irving) relating to the allocation of certain motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund and to the uses of that revenue was left pending in the House Appropriations Committee on July 9;
    • HB 15 by Pickett (D-El Paso) relating to the Texas Mobility Fund was left pending in the House Appropriations Committee on July 9;
    • HB 16 by Pickett (D-El Paso) relating to the allocation of certain fuel-related tax revenue was voted favorably from the House Appropriations Committee on July 11;
    • HJR 1 by Phillips (R-Sherman) proposing a constitutional amendment to provide for the transfer of certain general revenue to the economic stabilization fund, to provide for the transfer of certain general revenue to the state highway fund and the dedication of that revenue, and to authorize the payment of the principal and interest on certain highway improvement bonds from certain general revenue transferred to the state highway fund was left pending in the House Appropriations Committee on July 9;
    • HJR 2 by Pickett (D-El Paso) proposing a constitutional amendment to provide for revenue from motor fuel taxes to be used solely for constructing, maintaining, and acquiring rights-of-way for certain public roadways and to provide for the transfer of certain general revenue to the available school fund and the economic stabilization fund was voted favorably from the House Appropriations Committee on July 11;
    • HJR 7 by Harper Brown (R-Irving) proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the transfer of certain state revenue to the Texas Mobility Fund was left pending in the House Appropriations Committee on July 9; and
    • SJR 1 by Nichols (R-Jacksonville) proposing a constitutional amendment to provide for the transfer of certain general revenue to the economic stabilization fund, to provide for the transfer of certain general revenue to the state highway fund and the dedication of that revenue, and to authorize the payment of the principal and interest on certain highway improvement bonds from certain general revenue transferred to the state highway fund was passed by the Senate on July 11.
  • Legislation relating to establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old offender.
    • SB 2 by Huffman (R-Houston) relating to the punishment for a capital felony committed by an individual younger than 18 years of age was passed by the House on July 11.

Special Session Calendar

  • The House recessed until 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2013.
  • The Senate recessed until 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2013.

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