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A Slideshow of Day 122: A Texas House Marathon

With a crucial deadline looming at midnight May 14, the Texas House embarked on a 15-hour legislative day that alternated between drama, comedy and forced march. Photographer Bob Daemmrich chronicles the day's waning hours.

8:25 p.m. — A party balloon hangs outside the south door of the Texas Capitol, left by a visitor and his daughter while inside taking pictures of the Capitol rotunda.
7:40 p.m. — State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, talks to a colleague.
9:20 p.m. — House sergeant-at-arms Kimberly Nemecek watches a House staffer clean up in the back hall after state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, hosted a barbecue dinner for legislators.
9:30 p.m. — State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, checks his email.
9:52 p.m. — Light streaks in through the House windows illuminating state Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, as she talks to a colleague.
A view above the Texas House Speaker's dais on during the 2015 legislative session.
10:09 p.m. — State Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, listens to late night debate.
10:22 p.m. —  State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Fort Worth, center, and others listen as legislation is debated.
10:52 p.m. — State Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, pretends to throw an object to someone in the gallery.
11:06 p.m.— State Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, pauses before exiting the chamber.
11:08 p.m. — House staff members pack the gallery to watch their bosses wrap up legislation.
11:14 p.m.— State Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, enters the chamber during a vote verification.
11:36 p.m. — State Reps Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, left, and Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, watch the voting board.
11:38 p.m. — State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, at the front microphone, slowly manages a bill as time slips away.
12:00 a.m. — State Rep. John Zerwas, MD, R-Richmond, reacts as the final bill passes before a midnight deadline.
12:01 a.m. — House members crowd the back microphone as the the midnight deadline passes, marking the end of the marathon.

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