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Who actually writes the bills your Texas legislators sponsor? (audio)

We all have a general idea about how a bill becomes a law. But what many people don’t know is how a bill becomes a bill.

The 85th legislative session ends on May 29. Texas lawmakers have just over five weeks to figure out some of the state’s most pressing issues, plus hear and vote on dozens, possibly hundreds of bills. In all, legislators have filed more than 9,000 bills this session.

Read the full story at KERA News.

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