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Slideshow: Scenes from the Last Day of the 83rd Legislative Session

Here are some snapshots taken on Monday, Sine Die, as legislators awaited the gaveling out of the 83rd regular legislative session and news of an anticipated special legislative session.

The Legislature's final day is typically one for minor technical corrections to bills and speeches to recognize the staff of legislators who work long, hard hours for the 140 days of the biennial legislative session.

Here are some snapshots taken on Monday, Sine Die, as legislators awaited the gaveling out of the 83rd regular legislative session and news of an anticipated special session.

The Texas House of Representatives.

State Reps. Jim Pitts. R-Waxahachie, and Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, talk in the House chamber.

A group of representatives approaches the dais in the House chamber.

State Rep. James White, R-Hillister, looks up at the light board displaying legislators' votes in the House chamber.

Capitol visitors listen to singers performing in the rotunda.

Capitol visitors listen to singers performing in the rotunda.

State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, and state Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, talk in the House chamber.

State Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, talks with Texas Tribune reporter Alana Rocha.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus talk on the dais in the House chamber.

State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, at his desk in the House chamber.

State Reps. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, and state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, talk in the House chamber. Many legislators brought their families to the capitol on the final day of the 83rd legislative session.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst carries a stack of bills into the Senate chamber.

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, talks with state Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth.

Representatives in the House chamber await action on the final day of the legislative session.

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