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Texas Legislature 2019

Analysis: Big things can happen in Texas without court orders, sometimes

It usually takes a court order to move Texas lawmakers to make big changes to major programs like school finance. But it's possible, if top leaders are united, to go big without a judicial push.

Gov. Bill Clements signs bill into law in 1987

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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