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AUSTIN (AP) — And, they’re done. Or are they?

The Texas Legislature gathered Monday for a breezy day of backslapping, goodbyes and very little actual lawmaking on the largely ceremonial last day of the biennial session.

But they could head right back to work if Gov. Rick Perry convenes a special session.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a San Antonio Democrat who was let inside the governor’s office for a closed-door bill signing, said aides told her “not to go too far away tonight.”

There was no official word from Perry, though.

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is asking Gov. Perry to call a special session to address limits on abortion and other conservative priorities, and he wants to jettison traditional Senate voting rules to let Republicans push them through.

Dewhurst sent letters Monday to Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus outlining his plan.

Democrats have been able to block several key votes on abortion bills and other conservative issues such as gun rights and school choice. Dewhurst said he sees “no alternative” to letting Republicans get their way through a simple majority rules approach.

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