The current special session, called by Governor Rick Perry, is going to cost taxpayers a million dollars.  However, getting the political district boundaries set might be worth it.

Another expense is the 150 dollar per diem payment due all Texas lawmakers, even though very few are actually sitting at their desks.  Don’t blame the lawmakers, though.

The governor decided he wanted them to come in for a special session,” says Professor Mark Jones, the head of the political science department at Rice University.  “Even though nothing is really going on, they're not the ones who boosted their own salaries.”

Some have told their staff not to charge the state.  And, some Texas lawmakers are busy.

Jones explains, “Some of the representatives and senators are working quite hard, that is, strictly those involved on the redistricting commission. 

“They are traveling throughout the state and engaged in the redistricting discussion and debate.”