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The Known and Unknown About a Special Session

Photo courtesy The Texas Tribune
Governor Perry is already planning one special session. Could others be on the way?

The 82nd session of the Texas Legislature adjourns Sine Die tomorrow. But there are already at least a couple of items Governor Rick Perry thinks lawmakers will need to address this summer.

The Known Knowns:

Governor Perry has already made it clear he's disappointed the lawmakers didn't pass a bill that re-organized the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). And he said he'd like the Republican leadership to come up with an agreement on a Congressional redistricting map that could be filed, debated, passed and signed into law in a short 3-day session.

The Unknown Knowns:

Lawmakers know they need to pass a budget every session to avoid spending the summer in Austin. And after passing a $172 billion dollar spending bill Saturday night - some are ready to check that accomplishment off the list. But rumors of a filibuster in the Senate to block one final legislative piece of the budget puzzle could derail the bill already heading to the Governor's desk. SB 1811 has about $2.5 billion dollars needed to balance the budget and includes language that helps lawmakers cut about $4 billion from public education.

The Unknown Unknowns:

While lawmakers battle over what to do about SB 1811 - there are a several bills stuck behind the slowdown. Could one of those bills - left dead in a possible filibuster's wake trigger a special session? Only The Shadow Governor Rick Perry knows the answer.

Ben Philpott is the Managing Editor for KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @BenPhilpottKUT.