Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, center, who tries to filibuster an abortion bill, hold up a no vote as time expires, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Amid the deafening roar of abortion rights supporters, Texas Republicans huddled around the Senate podium to pass new abortion restrictions, but whether the vote was cast before or after midnight is in dispute. If signed into law, the measures would close almost every abortion clinic in Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (AP)

Texas Senate meets, promptly votes to recess until July 9

The opening day of the hotly anticipated second special legislative session lasted all of 30 minutes

Katie McDonough
July 1, 2013 11:56PM (UTC)

The reproductive rights demonstration outside the Texas Capitol on Monday seems to have lasted longer than the actual legislative session it was intended to bolster. After taking a roll call and discussing official time-keeping methods, the Texas Senate voted to recess until July 9 at 11 a.m.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the Senate gallery was "full but calm" during the lightning-fast meeting.


Republicans have vowed to use the special legislative session to pass the restrictive abortion ban that state Sen. Wendy Davis and her Democratic colleagues defeated with a marathon filibuster last week, but that certainly didn't happen today.

Updated: 4:18 p.m.

The House is also adjourned until next week, but there will be a committee meeting held tomorrow.



Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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