June 8, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry has expanded the call again this week by adding “sanctuary cities” to the special session call. This was the third time he has expanded the special session call, the other calls included:

  • Legislation relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). TWIA Proclamation
  • Legislation relating to congressional redistricting. Redistricting Proclamation
  • Original call – legislation relating to fiscal matters necessary for the implementation of HB 1 (82nd R) and legislation to healthcare cost containment, access to services through managed care, and the creation of economic and structural incentives to improve the quality of Medicaid services. Fiscal matters and Healthcare cost containment Proclamation  

The sanctuary cities call includes not only legislation relating to the abolishment of sanctuary cities, but also the use of the federal Secure Communities program by law enforcement agencies, and the issuance of driver’s licenses and personal identification certificates to the special session call. Sanctuary Cities Proclamation

The Governor may expand his Call to include additional topics at any time during the special session. Special sessions are limited to a maximum of thirty days; May 31 was the first day for this special session.