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Gov. Perry Adds Sanctuary Cities to Special Session Call

Press Release

Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry announced the addition of legislation relating to the abolishment of sanctuary cities, the use of the federal Secure Communities program by law enforcement agencies, and the issuance of driver's licenses and personal identification certificates to the special session call.

"Texas owes it to the brave law enforcement officials, who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and communities, to give them the discretion they need to adequately do their jobs," Gov. Perry said. "Abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas, using the federal Secure Communities program and ensuring that only individuals who are here legally can obtain a valid Texas driver's license sends a clear message that Texas will not turn a blind eye to those breaking our laws."

By addressing sanctuary cities in this special session, lawmakers will help empower officers to apply their training, experience and judgment to enforcing the laws by keeping municipalities from tying their hands.

Additional items the governor has previously asked the Legislature to consider during the special session are:
* Legislation relating to fiscal matters necessary for the implementation of House Bill No. 1 as passed by the 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, including measures that will allow school districts to operate more efficiently.
* Legislation relating to healthcare cost containment, access to services through managed care, and the creation of economic and structural incentives to improve the quality of Medicaid services.
* Legislation relating to congressional redistricting.
* Legislation relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

Please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/16249/ to view the governor's proclamation adding these items to the special session call.

Please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/files/press-office/TWIA_special_session_call.pdf to view the governor's proclamation adding TWIA to the special session call.

Please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/files/press-office/congressional_redistricting.pdf to view the governor's proclamation adding congressional redistricting to the special session call.

Please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/files/press-office/PROC_82nd_special_session_call.pdf to view the governor's original proclamation announcing the special session.

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