Here's some background on what has been happening ---
7/12/2013 - The Senate is expected to vote on final passage today or Saturday.7/10/2013 - The House passed the bill by a vote of 96-49 and sent the bill back to the Senate.
7/03/2013 -- An enormous pro-life victory occurred on Tuesday night as a sea of blue flooded the Capitol to support HB 2 at the House State Affairs Committee hearing. Supporters arrived from across Texas, including Bryan/ College Station, Central Texas, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and many more. Of the 3,543 people who registered a position on the bill, 2,181 registered in favor of the bill, and only 1,355 registered against the bill.
Perry Calls 2nd Special Session in Response to Distruption of Passage of Pro-Life Bill
6/26/2013 AUSTIN, TX -- AUSTIN, TX -- Today Governor Perry called a second special legislative session only sixteen hours after the first special session ended to consider the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities. Perry stated that, "We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do."
Late last night the Texas Senate nearly passed Senate Bill 5 (SB 5) at the end of the special session. SB 5, a pro-life bill to improve safety standards for women and unborn children at abortion facilities, was strongly supported by a broad coalition of pro-life organizations. At 11:45 PM, a large, disruptive crowd of protestors in the Senate gallery erupted and drowned out the debate through midnight.
The Senate overwhelmingly voted 19-11 to approve SB 5 (unofficial tally). However, time ran out at midnight, before Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst could sign the bill, and SB 5 died.
In reality, the odds against stopping a filibuster with enough time to vote on SB 5 were slim. The fact that the vote took place at all over the screams of the mob is remarkable and is a tribute to the leadership and perseverance of Dewhurst.
Democrat Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) voted for SB 5
On Monday, June 24, the Texas House passed SB 5 on a 95-34 vote. The Senate had already passed SB 5 on Tuesday, June 18, on a 20-10 vote. Had the House passed the Senate's version of SB 5, it would have gone to Gov. Perry's desk. However, the House had amended the Senate's version, necessitating a "vote to concur" by the Senate. Well known procedural rules mandated that vote could occur no earlier than Tuesday, putting passage of the bill well within range of a filibuster and other delaying tactics.
The Texas Legislature, which meets for 140 days every two years, ended its regular session on Monday, May 27. Gov. Perry called a 30-day special session to begin less than an hour after the Legislature adjourned. The special session ended at midnight, Tuesday, June 25. The Governor called a second special session to begin July 1 at 2 PM.