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Texas Legislature 2019

Texas still doesn't have a law on intellectual disability and the death penalty. Will that change this year?

Nearly two decades after the U.S. Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional to execute those with intellectual disabilities, Texas still has no process on determining the condition — leaving life-and-death decisions in the hands of courts with very different methods.

Interior of Death Chamber by Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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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