Texas lawmakers' last bid on transportation bill

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by CHRIS TOMLINSON and WILL WEISSERT

Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 9:36 AM

AUSTIN (AP) -- The Texas Legislature is coming back for the last day of the special session to try to pass a key transportation measure.

Both the Senate and House need a two-thirds support on Tuesday for a constitutional amendment that would divert money away from the state's Rainy Day Fund. The measure would free up at least $840 million a year for Texas roads. Experts say the state needs $4 billion in additional spending to maintain the current network.

Lawmakers have been trying to hammer out a deal for weeks on what Gov. Rick Perry has named a top priority. But conservatives are angry it will not set a minimum balance for the Rainy Day Fund.
Perry has promised to call a third special session if the measure does not pass.

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