Senate gavels in for new session on abortion

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Associated Press

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 5:07 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate met for less than an hour to start a new 30-day special session to take up contentious abortion restrictions bill and other issues.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst gaveled in the chamber shortly after 2 p.m., issuing a warning that anyone making outbursts in the gallery would be removed.

The Senate was the scene of the filibuster and crowd outburst that stopped the abortion restrictions bill last week. Gov. Rick Perry immediately called a new session and pledged the bill will pass this time. The Senate gallery was full but calm Monday.

The House is expected to take up the bill first. The Senate has not yet planned a new hearing on the bill and went in recess until Tuesday July 9.

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