Texas Legislature adjourns 3rd special session

Texas Legislature adjourns 3rd special session

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GRAPEVINE, TX - JUNE 27: Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the National Right to Life convention at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport Hotel June 27, 2013 in Grapevine, Texas. Perry has reportedly vowed to continue the fight for a more restrictive abortion law in Texas after the state legislature failed to get the law passed during a special session because of a filibuster and protests. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Legislature has adjourned, ending the third special session of the year after passing a major transportation measure.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus declared the session over late Monday after lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment that would boost transportation spending by about $1.2 billion per year. The money would come from oil and gas revenues diverted away from the state's Rainy Day Fund.

Lawmakers agreed to a deal that would put the amendment in front of voters in 2014 and require the Legislature to set a minimum balance for the Rainy Day Fund every two years. Conservatives had hoped to set the minimum balance in the Texas Constitution.

The measure falls short of the $4 billion a year experts say the state needs for roads.

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