The regular 2013 session of the Texas Legislature won’t gavel to a close until next week, but already Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is calling on Governor Perry to call a special session to deal with several key Republicans priorities which were sidetracked by Democrats, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Dewhurst says Democratic opposition scuttled key GOP measures like allowing students with concealed handgun licenses to carry their guns onto college campuses, and further restrict access to abortions through the so called ‘fetal pain’ law.
Dewhurst is also calling for a special session to approve a bill requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug testing, and approving a wide ranging school voucher law.
He says it is also time for a tighter cap on state spending, and an end to the state windstorm insurance program.
Dewhurst also said he will announce plans to run for re-election shortly after the regular session adjourns.
A special session this year may be problematic, because there are indications that a special session will be necessary in 2014 as the courts are reviewing the system of funding public schools.
Dewhurst, who is politically wounded by his loss to Ted Cruz in his race for the U.S. Senate last year, is facing a challenge from the right as he attempts to keep his job. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has already announced plans to seek the Lieutenant Governor’s job, whether Dewhurst runs or not.
Perry is also expected to announce his re-election plans next month. Attorney General Greg Abbott has raised $18 million in an effort to win election as governor.