Texas gov calls 3rd special legislative session

By: CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press
By: CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has called the Texas Legislature into a third special session to address transportation funding after a proposed constitutional amendment stalled.

The House couldn't muster the 100 votes necessary to approve the amendment that sought to divert money from Texas' Rainy Day Fund for highway construction.

If approved by voters on a 2014 ballot, it would have freed up at least $840 million annually - less than a fourth of what the state needs to maintain its current road network.

Perry had threatened to call a third, 30-day extra session if transportation wasn't taken care of. On Tuesday he made good on that promise.

The Legislature has met since January. The last time it had three special sessions was in 2005-2006 over school finance issues.

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