DALLAS — Texas Gov. Rick Perry called the Legislature into a 30-day special session that began Tuesday after a Democratic filibuster killed a combination revenue bill and school funding reform measure aimed at balancing the two-year state budget that was agreed to over the weekend.
The 140-day regular session expired Monday. Lawmakers on Saturday passed a $172 billion budget for fiscal 2012-13. The spending plan totals $15 billion less than the current budget.