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The Governor's Agenda and Special Sessions, 1929-2003
Governor's Agenda chart. long description of chart

The governor's power to set the agenda in special sessions can concentrate legislative attention on large social problems. In November 1992, for example, Governor Ann Richards convened the fourth called session of the 72nd legislature (1991) to consider only the topic of public school reform. But the agenda setting power can also be used to serve narrow interests as when Governor Miriam "Ma" Ferguson in September 1933 convened the first special session of the 43rd legislature (1933). Over thirty days it considered a list of 153 topics, everything from money for refrigeration at the Governor's Mansion to issuance of $20 million in bonds to raise relief funds.

Source: Legislative Reference Library. (full source)