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Perry Says Special Session an Option

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By Shelley Kofler, KERA News

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Austin, TX – Governor Rick Perry today said calling a special session to avert the shutdown of several agencies is an option, but not the only one. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports on suspicions that efforts to revive the controversial voter ID bill are involved.

Governor Perry said there may be other ways to repair the legislative dilemma left by senators when they adjourned and left town late Monday night.

As a last order of business Senate Republicans refused to approve a resolution that would have continued operating the Texas Department of Transportation and the Department of Insurance. The Governor said it all took him by surprise.

Perry: If I could tell you what happened last night I would be an absolute genius. I thought I was watching an episode of Lost for a moment. I have no idea what they were thinking or why they did not want to pass that resolution that would have given a safety net to those agencies.

Senate Democrats have said their Republican colleagues may have been laying the groundwork for Perry to call a special session that would again include efforts to pass a bill requiring voters to show a photo ID. Democrats shut down that legislation saying it disenfranchises voters. Republicans, including Perry, say showing a photo ID would prevent voter fraud.

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