There’s not enough time left in the Texas Legislature’s 30-day special session to deal with college tuition revenue bonds or private school vouchers, Gov. Rick Perry said last week.
Perry called the special session to deal with congressional redistricting May 27 as the regular session ended. He later opened the session to transportation funding.
“I think everything has been added to the call that can be added to the call,” he said after a bill-signing ceremony.
“I think from a practical standpoint those last issues that we put on the call are the last practical things that can be done,” he said.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, agreed that there is not enough session left to add topics.
“Redistricting has become a more complicated matter than was originally envisioned when the governor called us immediately back to tackle it,” Straus told the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association last week.
Straus suggested the Legislature will be called into session in 2014, ahead of the scheduled 2015 biannual session, to deal with school financing.
District Judge John Dietz issued a bench ruling in February that the system used by Texas to finance public schools is unconstitutionally inadequate.
“Looking further over the horizon, we could be back in special session again next year to address our school finance system once the court case makes its way through the process,” Straus said.