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Texas Legislature 2019

To pass school finance and property tax bills, Texas’ legislative leaders had to choose cooperation over combativeness

In the past, personalities got in the way of policy at the Texas Capitol. This year, state leaders refused to let that happen.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen before a press conference at the Governor's Mansion on May 23, 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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