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Gov. Perry Opens Call to Telecom, Renewable Energy Issues

Location: Austin

Gov. Perry Opens Call to Telecom, Renewable Energy Issues

Gov. Rick Perry today expanded the call of the special legislative session to include legislation related to overhaul of the telecommunications industry and to legislation related to renewable energy.

"With important progress being made on school finance, today I am asking lawmakers to finish the important work begun in the regular session on modernizing Texas' telecommunications industry," Perry said. "My action today provides lawmakers an opportunity to ensure a more competitive telecommunications market that will offer consumers better services at a lower price. And with energy costs draining family budgets and slowing economic growth nationwide, now is the time for lawmakers to pass legislation that will help Texas become more energy independent."

The governor's message specifically allows lawmakers to consider telecommunications legislation, related to further competition in the telecommunications market, to the provision of broadband over power lines and the issuance of state-issued certificates of franchise authority for cable and video services. His message further allows the legislature to consider legislation "related to the State of Texas' goal for renewable energy."

The Texas Constitution authorizes the governor to set the agenda during a special session of the legislature. The governor called lawmakers into special session beginning June 21, and has asked them to consider school finance, education reform, property tax relief, eminent domain restrictions, tuition revenue bonds and judicial pay raises.

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