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AUSTIN – The Texas Legislature is expected back for a special session this summer, but not for the reasons some lawmakers and Austin insiders anticipated as late as 10 days ago.

Although the House and the Senate have approved the state budget bill for the next two fiscal years – the only piece of legislation lawmakers are required to pass when in session every other year – they failed to agree on a windstorm insurance bill Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, authored.

“It’s dead,” Smithee said Sunday about his House Bill 272. “The only way we can fix this is in a special session because the deadline was at 11 p.m. last night and the governor has already said he will call us back on July 11 or July 18.”

However, late Sunday a published report said Gov. Perry could call the special session as early as Tuesday, the day after the regular session ends.

Smithee’s bill is must-pass legislation because the six-month hurricane season starts June 1 and the state must reform the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, Perry told reporters over t……….. continues on
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