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Texas Legislature 2019

Texas Senate approves school finance reform bill but opts not to fund it with a sales tax hike

The chambers will need to negotiate how to give teachers pay raises, whether to adjust how students take standardized tests and how to provide long-term property tax relief for Texans.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks from the dais in the Senate chamber on April 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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