From the Capitol

Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Start of Second Special Session

July 1, 2013

"The Texas Legislature is poised to finish its history-making work this year by passing legislation to protect the unborn and women's health, invest in our transportation infrastructure and ensure our justice system is fair but firm. This work will build on the historic steps we took during the 83rd Legislative session, addressing our needs for water, cutting the tax burden on Texans and establishing a new university in South Texas. As we open the second special session, we must remember the people of Texas hired us to do our job, and that's what we must do."

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Gov. Perry: Texas Will Continue to Build on Our Legacy of Life

June 27, 2013

With us today are several of our Texas heroes in this fight, Elizabeth Graham, Kyleen Wright, and Carol Everett.

I'm particularly glad to have you all here this week, of all weeks, as we witnessed the extremes the pro-abortion forces will resort to in order to further their cause. They demonstrated that, even if they lose at the ballot box, even if they come up short in attempts to stall on the Senate floor, they will resort to mob tactics to force their minority agenda on the people of Texas.

I'm all about honest, open debate, and parliamentary tactics are certainly nothing new, but what we witnessed Tuesday was nothing more than the hijacking of the democratic process.

This is simply too important a cause to allow the unruly actions of a few to stand in its way.

I have announced that I am bringing lawmakers back to Austin to finish the work and the will of the people of the state of Texas, and I've put pro-life measures at the top of the call list.

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Gov. Perry Calls Special Session to Begin July 1

June 26, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today announced a Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1.

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Shelby Co. v. Holder

June 25, 2013

"Today's ruling by the United States Supreme Court is a clear victory for federalism and the states. Texas may now implement the will of the people without being subject to outdated and unnecessary oversight and the overreach of federal power."

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Gov. Perry Signs Religious Freedoms Bill

June 13, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today signed House Bill 308, which allows public school students and staff to use traditional holiday greetings and display religious scenes and symbols on school property. The governor was joined by bill author Rep. Dwayne Bohac and sponsor Sen. Robert Nichols for the signing ceremony.

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Gov. Perry Adds Two Issues to Special Session Call

June 11, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today expanded the special session call.

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Texas Bolsters Career and College Readiness

June 10, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today applauded efforts made this legislative session to set the bar even higher to ensure all Texas students are prepared for both college and career, bolstering our state's world-class, skilled workforce. Texas continues to be a national leader with regard to our school accountability system, curriculum standards, and expectations of rigor in our graduation requirements. The governor signed Senate Bill 441 and House bills 5, 809, 842, 2201 and 3662.

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Gov. Perry Signs Landmark Water Legislation

May 28, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today ceremonially signed House Bill 4, which lays the foundation for meeting Texas' water future water needs. HB 4 provides for active, full-time governance at the Texas Water Development Board; creates a new funding mechanism to support water-supply project implementation over the next 50 years; and directs local, regional and state officials to prioritize projects to ensure efficient use of available resources.

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Gov. Perry Announces Special Session for May 27

May 27, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today announced a special session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 27.

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Honoring Texas Heroes

May 25, 2013

While we may have disagreements about policies and bills in the last days of the 83rd legislative session, there is absolutely no disagreement about the importance of honoring America’s fallen heroes. Today, we honor America’s fallen heroes.​

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