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State Legislature Expected To Take Up Final Items

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AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Legislature is expected to take up the two most essential items of the special session.

Both the House and the Senate are expected to make final votes Tuesday on a fiscal matters bill that will maintain school funding and one that will revamp a hurricane insurance program. Governor Rick Perry first called the special session to pass these two bills 29 days ago.

The school funding bill will formalize the $4 billion cut in education spending and how it will be spread across school districts. That is necessary to balance the state budget.

Perry said the renaming and reorganization of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association was necessary before another hurricane hit Texas. The key sticking point was the conditions for when policyholders could sue the association for damages.

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