DALLAS - A bill to authorize a $2 billion bond issue for the Texas Department of Transportation is already in the hopper, awaiting debate at today's special session of the Legislature. But the contentious issue of toll roads could extend the session beyond Gov. Rick Perry's goal of three days, lawmakers say.

In calling the session to handle unfinished business last week, Perry listed three items for consideration: reauthorizing TxDOT and four other agencies under the state Sunset Law; approving the $2 billion of Proposition 12 transportation bonds already approved by voters; and reinstating the authority of TxDOT and regional toll agencies to approve private concession agreements on toll projects.

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