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Senate Expected to Vote on School Funding Friday

Friday, Jun 3, 2011  |  Updated 11:08 AM CDT
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Senate Expected to Vote on School Funding Friday

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The Texas Senate is expected to vote out a school financing bill, a major issue in the special legislative session.

The Finance Committee approved the legislation and the full Senate is meeting Friday afternoon. The Republican majority is expected to move the bill on to the House for their consideration next week.

The Legislature is meeting in special session after a Democratic filibuster killed a bill that would slash $4 billion from public schools. That measure is necessary to balance the state budget.

Gov. Rick Perry has called on lawmakers to also consider cuts to health care spending and to redraw the maps for congressional seats. Republicans hold majorities in both the Texas House and Senate, ensuring passage of the bills once they work through the legislative process.

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