Gov. Perry calls 3rd special legislative session

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Updated: 7/30/2013 10:04 pm
The long and winding road leads right back to the State Capitol for a third session.  

Lawmakers adjourned Tuesday without passing legislation to fund road and bridge needs and Gov. Perry immediately called them back into session to get it done. 

The second special session ended Tuesday after after the legislature failed to act on a constitutional amendment that would have elevated transportation spending by $900 million a year.

The effort fell 16 votes short in the house.

Lubbock State Rep. Charles Perry voted against the measure.  He says the impasse in the house is over how much the state can spend from the Rainy Day Fund.

"That's just the politics of the day," Perry said, "and I think ultimately the votes are there to get it passed."

State senators have already passed the two items on the third special session agenda less than an hour after Gov. Perry called them back.

The measure now goes to the House on Monday. 
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