Texas Legislature Returns

Texas lawmakers returned to Austin on Monday after Gov. Rick Perry called for a special 30-day legislative session to push through a bill restricting abortion that did not pass the state Senate in time for his signature due to an 11-hour filibuster from Wendy Davis. The Texas Democratic Party is planning a rally Monday morning at the capitol in opposition to the abortion bill, which would cause nearly all of the state’s clinics to close and make any abortion after 20 weeks illegal. The House will begin work shortly after the rally—although the conventional wisdom has it that the bill will pass this time around. It already passed the Texas House after an impassioned debate before going to the Senate, where Davis’s filibuster prevented it from coming to Perry’s desk in time for his signature—although it did pass a vote.