By Chuck Lindell
Austin American Statesman
With senators unable to broker a last-minute deal on school finance, the Texas Legislature gaveled the 82nd session closed Monday, followed quickly by Gov. Rick Perry calling legislators back for a special session to begin this morning.
Perry, who determines the agenda of special sessions, directed the Legislature to consider the school finance bill, which would reduce the amount owed to school districts by $4 billion, and a Medicaid measure.
Other issues could be added as early as today, and Republicans immediately began lobbying to include a laundry list of GOP priorities that fizzled during the regular session, including a ban on "sanctuary cities" and an effort to save grade schools money by allowing larger class sizes.
"It could get really interesting and contentious around here," said Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan.
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