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Senate Bill 5

Dallas Morning News colleague Christy Hoppe provides a timeline of events that concluded in a raucous public display in the Senate gallery. The loud outburst essentially extended Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster and ran out the clock on signing the abortion bill before the midnight deadline. Question now: Will Governor Perry call another special session?

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Update, 6:20 a.m.: Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis started it. A raucous, roaring crowd of spectators finished it. And when the dust finally cleared about 3 a.m., Texas Republicans admitted it: One of the strictest anti-abortion bills in the nation didn't get the required Senate vote by a midnight deadline.

Outnumbered Democrats declared victory after the daylong (and nightlong) drama. But their win could be shortlived: Gov. Rick Perry, who called the 30-day special session that ended at midnight, could do the same thing again. No official word came by early Wednesday morning on whether he would.