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Texas Legislature 2019

Analysis: For Dan Patrick, something new — the passenger’s seat

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has been the biggest agenda-setter in state leadership in recent legislative sessions. With a narrower majority in the Senate, a closer result in his last election and a new House speaker in place, he's a bit quieter.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Parliamentarian Karina Davis on the Senate floor on Jan. 9, 2019.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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