Earlier this afternoon Governor Rick Perry added two highly partisan issues to the call of this special session, just after he added transportation to the call yesterday.
Transportation was added to the call of this sleeper of a special session in an effort to fund some critical infrastructure Texas really needs. The Governor's website states that, “legislation relating to the funding of transportation infrastructure projects” were added to “maintain the roads to ensure we sustain both our economic success and our quality of life.” Currently SJR 2, a bill that transfers money from the rainy day fund into the state's dedicated highway fund, also known as Fund 6, will be heard tomorrow after the full Senate adjourns.
Including transportation the Governor also added abortion and juvenile justice issues to the call. The Governor's website has this particular language:
Legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities. Legislation relating to establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old offender
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow to hear a bill that expands the life without parole option to 17-year-olds in Texas. Up until 2005 juries in Texas did not even have the option of choosing life without parole. The maximum sentence before the death penally was 40 years with the option for parole. The bill, SB 23, is by Senator Joan Huffman.
No word yet on movement of any abortion legislation, but the bill that got the most traction last session was Senator Deuell's bill regulating away abortion providers in Texas.
UPDATE: The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will meet on Thursday, and will hear several bills relating to abortion.