Today, Governor Perry called a special session that will begin June 30th. Redistricting and government reorganization will be included in the session. Hearings will be held late next week on redistricting. Speaker Craddick announced the redistricting subcommittees and the hearing schedule, which is listed below.
The Governor can name a special session at any time. Special sessions can last up to 30 days (but don't expect this upcoming session to last that long.) Cost of a special session is around $1.4 billion, but with government reorganization, the state can streamline services and save millions annually. It is also important to note that redistricting is a function of the legislature and last session (two years ago), the leg abdicated their responsibility and it was kicked to the courts. It's time the legislature address this important issue.
Though there are no definite dates for a special session on school finance (which will encompass the entire tax system in Texas and likely some education reform), it will be as early as fall but likely after December.
Texas CSE will be involved in the important issues of government reorganization, school finance and education reform. You will be receiving more information from us in the coming days.