• First abortion bill of second special session filed by Dan Patrick

    Update: A second bill on abortion has been filed in the second special session. 

    HB 2, filed by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, is the second bill. The text is not online yet, but the caption says "Relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers, and facilities; providing penalties."

    Original Story:

    The first abortion bill of the second special session has been filed by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

    The bill, SB9, is "relating to distributing or prescribing abortion-inducing drugs." The text for the bill is not online yet. As of 11:42 a.m. on Friday, SB9 is the only abortion-related bill filed.

    Patrick is the same senator who declared on Thursday he would be running for the lieutenant governor position. In a press release following the announcement, Patrick said the senate needed leadership that was "unapologetically conservative." Current Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, who is the leadership in the Texas Senate, has been criticized by several Texas Republicans for the way he handeled the filibuster of the first special session's abortion legislation.

    Abortion legislation failed to pass in the first special session because of a filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. On Wednesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announed he was calling a second special session on abortion, transportation funding and juvenile sentencing. Transportation funding and juvenile sentencing were also on the call for the first special session, but failed to pass.

    The governor is the only one who can call a special session, and he is the only one who can tell the legislative bodies what they may consider during the special session.

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  • The Morning Texan: 104 degree high, video games and more

    Friday's temperature may reach 104 degrees according to the National Weather Service, but things are bound to cool off a little bit this weekend when a few thunderstorms roll in. There is a 10 percent chance for rain Saturday, and a 20 percent chance of rain Saturday evening.

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday’s most read article online: Rick Perry has called a second special session and has included abortion, transportation and juvenile sentencing on the call.

    In case you missed it: UT is partnering up with Paul Sams, the chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment, to create a new video game academy. The program is expected to open in the fall of 2014.

    What you have to read: Lawmakers have already started filing bills in the second special session. No abortion related bills have been filed — yet.