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Texas Legislature 2019

State lawmakers aim to lock in funding for Texas parks, historic sites

In 1993, the Legislature passed a law that said state parks and historic sites could receive all of the money generated by a tax on the sale of sporting goods. Since then, state lawmakers have given the parks department only about 40 percent of those collections.

Balmorhea State Park.

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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State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, speaks at a press conference discussing funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, at the Capitol on Jan. 30, 2019. Behind Kolkhorst, from the left: state Sen. Pete Flores, R-Pleasanton, Joseph Fitzsimons, former chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, state Rep. John Cyrier, R-Lockhart, and current Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Chairman Ralph Duggins.

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