Gov. Perry Proclaims Special Session to consider legislation that provides for modification of certain taxes and that provides for an appropriation to the Texas Education Agency.
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, education is the foundation for the economic and cultural future of the state of Texas and the constitutional responsibility for the development of an efficient system of public education rests with the legislature; and
WHEREAS, the current state of public school finance requires immediate action by the legislature to ensure the continued efficient and effective operation of Texas schools due to the Texas Supreme Court�s conclusion that the public education finance system violates article VIII, section 1-e of the Texas Constitution and the Texas Supreme Court has given the legislature until June 1, 2006 to change the public education finance system.; and
WHEREAS, the people have placed the constitutional power to call and convene the legislature into special session in the hands of the Chief Executive Officer of the State;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, by the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section 8, of the Texas Constitution, do hereby call an extraordinary session of the 79th Legislature, to be convened in the city of Austin, commencing at 2 p.m. on Monday the 17th day of April 2006, for the following purposes:
To consider legislation that provides for school district property tax relief.
To consider legislation that provides for modification of the franchise tax.
To consider legislation that provides for modification of the motor vehicle sales and use tax.
To consider legislation that provides for modification of the tax on tobacco products.
To consider legislation that provides for an appropriation to the Texas Education Agency.
The Secretary of State will take notice of this action and will notify the members of the Legislature of my action.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 17th day of April, 2006.
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