In the 77th Legislative session in 2001, the House and Senate failed to agree on a new congressional map. A new map had to be drawn, since the 2000 Census gave Texas two more seats in the US House. The state House drew a map that left most existing districts essentially intact, while the Senate plan would have given a majority of seats to the GOP. Governor Rick Perry declined to call a special session to force the sides to come to an agreement, and in the end a three-judge federal court panel ruled in favor of the House map.
Here are a few choice quotes from the July 6, 2001 issue of the Houston Chronicle, in the story that covered Perry's announcement that there would be no special session.
"Although I expect Texans will be disappointed with the inability to accomplish this task, I believe Texans would be even more disappointed if we expend considerable sums of taxpayer money to call a special session that has no promise of yielding a redistricting plan for Congress," [Governor] Perry wrote [in a letter sent on July 3 to Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff and House Speaker Pete Laney].
"Texans will likely be better served by impartial judges than by highly partisan Democratic legislators attempting to maintain political power," [State Republican Chair Sarah] Weddington said.
"Since it's the governor's opinion that a consensus cannot be reached in the legislative process, it's his prerogative not to call a special session," [House speaker Pete Laney] said. "However, his decision means the Legislature will not get the opportunity to debate a fair, equitable congressional plan that was approved by the House Redistricting Committee."