Lost in Translation: From Legislature to English

The 83rd legislative session's celebrations and organizing rituals are nearly over now, and Texas lawmakers will soon be making laws. Not that they’ll be comprehensible about it.

The people in government have their own language. Sometimes it sounds like English, and sometimes it doesn’t seem to make any sense at all.

It’s not that lawmakers are trying to evade clarity and understanding. It’s just that — like everybody else — they’ve got their own way of saying things. For outsiders — as well as for the dozens of new legislators doing this for the first time — the jargon ...

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