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Perry calls 2nd special session to start July 1

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Gov. Rick Perry has called a second special session of the Texas Legislature.

The session will begin on Monday, July 1 and address three topics: abortion, transportation and juvenile justice.

In a statement announcing the session, Perry joined the chorus of Republican lawmakers upset with how the first special session ended in the Texas Senate.

"We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do," Perry said in a statement.

The first special session ended at midnight Tuesday in chaos.

Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth spent most of Tuesday filibustering the abortion bill, but Republicans cited rules to eventually force a vote to end the filibuster. That triggered a final hour and a half of haggling over the chamber's rules.

A vote was attempted in the final minutes as pro-choice supporters cheered and screamed to stop the Senate from voting.

The Senate met behind closed doors for an hour to determine if the vote counted. Around 3 a.m., senators came out and said the vote didn't count because it concluded after midnight.

Now, both the Texas House and Senate will again consider abortion restrictions that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of a pregnancy and require upgrades to clinics that perform abortions. Doctors at the clinics would also need to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

The tough legislation would likely close a majority of abortion providers in Texas.

Legislation that could have passed the first special session will also be taken up again.

The clock ran out on a transportation funding proposal and legislation to bring Texas in line with a Supreme Court decision banning mandatory life sentences in prison with no parole for teens under the age of 18.

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