Special session talk already

We haven’t even started the regular legislative session (it begins Jan. 11, 2011) but that's not stopping Rep. Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville), House Ways and Means chair, from talking about a special session. As reported in Texas Weekly, Oliveira “expects the next legislative session to fall short, and predicted lawmakers will meet in special session next summer to finish work on the budget and redistricting.”

Not that the thought hasn’t entered other people's minds, but this is the first time I’ve heard it suggested out loud. If memory serves, the last time the legislature dealt with redistricting they had three special sessions before it was turned over to the courts for the final say. And with a suspected $18 billion budget shortfall, there is no question that the 140 days of the regular session will fly by. No one but the governor can call a special session, but if there is not a budget by sine die, the governor - whoever that might be – will have no choice but to call a special session. The only question would be when.

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