AUSTIN — Lawmakers bid a breezy farewell Monday to the legislative session, but before they had time to pop the cork on any celebratory champagne Gov. Rick Perry summoned them right back to work.

Mere moments after the House and Senate adjourned at the end of their 140th day, Perry decreed that a special session was beginning later that same evening. That gives legislators 30 more days to pass laws, starting with approving new voting maps that have been the subject of federal court cases.

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