A second special session of the Texas Legislature ended July 30 without the House and Senate accomplishing the governor-ordered task of passing legislation to fund future public transportation projects.
House Joint Resolution 2 failed on July 29. Had the proposed constitutional amendment passed, Texans would have voted yes or no to a plan to tap the state’s $12 billion Economic Stimulus (rainy day) Fund to the tune of $1 billion every year for use in transportation projects. On the House floor, Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, the primary author of HJR 2, asked Gov. Rick Perry not to call another special session on transportation right away and suggested lawmakers might do a better job next spring, after party primaries.