1st Special Session of the 81st Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, TX – Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo announces that the start of the 1st Special Session of the 81st Texas Legislature will commence at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, in Austin. Among the three key issues that the governor has called lawmakers back to Austin to address will be transportation bonds, sunset scheduling and reauthorizing continued funding for some state agencies left unfunded during the regular

session, and comprehensive development agreements (or CDA’s).

“I am ready to go back to Austin and address some of the important issues left unresolved at the close of the regular session which ended on June 1. By law, only the governor can call and set the agenda for any special session, so this means, of course, that lawmakers will be convene in special session starting Wednesday, July 1 to address only the three issues already identified by the governor, including (1) reauthorization of five state agencies due by law to expire before the next regular session in 2011 – among them, the Texas Department of Transportation [TxDOT], and the Texas Department of Insurance; (2) approving issuance of $2 billion in highway construction funds approved earlier by Texas voters; and (3) allowing TxDOT to contract with private companies to build roads. I look forward to returning to Austin, look objectively at all 3 issues, and work cooperatively with other lawmakers to ensure that we address the needs of all Texans to their best benefit,” said Rep. Alonzo.