With Presidency Decided, Lawmakers Face Policy Hurdles

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“Wait until we see who’s president.”

It’s been an oft-repeated refrain in the last year from state agency heads and Republican elected officials pressed to act on everything from the federal health care act to environmental reforms.

Now that the deal is sealed — four more years of the Obama administration — that line won’t hold up. So what does Tuesday night’s national outcome, a major win for Democrats, mean for the key policy hurdles facing the overwhelmingly conservative Texas Legislature — and the interest groups and constituents who guide them?

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