The bill was sidetracked last month thanks to a filibuster by a Democratic state senator, which captured national attention. That move led Perry to call a special session of the legislature so lawmakers could once again try to pass the bill.
5. Lights still burning after 24 years
Former President George H.W. Bush will be back at the White House on Monday, celebrating a milestone for a service initiative started in his administration.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host the event to celebrate the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award, according to the White House.
Calling volunteers who serve their communities "a thousand points of light" in his 1989 inaugural address, Bush went on to award Daily Point of Light awards to honor citizens who make a difference through their volunteer work. The Points of Light Foundation is now the world's largest service organization coordinating volunteer projects. Bush serves as honorary chairman of the nonpartisan, nonprofit foundation, and his son Neil Bush is the president of the organization.
"Monday's event brings together two presidents and families united in their commitment to growing volunteerism and service -- an issue with a long history of strong bipartisan support," the White House said.
Bush is excited about the milestone, spokesman Jim McGrath said. "It should be a special day for the service movement," McGrath said.
Former first lady Barbara Bush and other members of the Bush family will also attend.
The 89-year-old former president has battled health problems and was hospitalized last winter suffering complications related to bronchitis.
Bush also has a form of Parkinson's disease that affects his legs and requires him to use a wheelchair.