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Texas Legislature 2019

Through the lens: The 86th Texas Legislature in photos

Take a look back at the 2019 regular legislative session as seen through the lenses of Texas Tribune photographers.

Flowers and foliage outside the Capitol 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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Opening Day of the 86th session of the Texas Legislature with action in the Texas House 
Election of Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, by unanimous vote.
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, speaks after being elected Speaker of the House on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.
Governor Greg Abott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen pet Pancake, the governor’s dog after their joint press conference. Jan. 9, 2019.
The "Children of the Confederacy" plaque hangs on a wall on the first floor of the eastern side of the Capitol building.
Dr. Alma Arredondo addresses the State Preservation Board at the Capitol on Jan. 25, 2019. Arredondo argued the state erred in removing a Confederate plaque that said the Civil War wasn’t over slavery.
Texas Secretary of State David Whitley attended a hearing with the Senate Committee on Nominations on Thursday. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Whitley, but he must clear the committee and win a two-thirds vote in the full Texas Senate to keep his job.
State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, on the Senate floor on May 15, 2019.
Gov. Greg Abbott with House members on the House Floor on April 30, 2019.
State Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood, with her daughter on the House floor during the House School Finance plan deliberation on April 3, 2019.
Texas Rep. Toni Rose, D-Dallas, right, chats with other house members on May 7, 2019.
From left: Jordan Schwikert, Alyssa Baumann and Tasha Schwikert, three gymnasts who say they were abused by Larry Nassar, testify on HB 3809 during the Senate State Affairs Committee on May 13, 2019.
Becky Leach, wife of state Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, in the Capitol on April 8, 2019.
State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, listens to testimony from State Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, on HJ3. Huberty seeks to postpone a vote on the bill related to a sales tax increase. May 7, 2019.
The Sergeant-At-Arms' team prepares bills, mostly House bills, marked on the calendar for the next day on May 21, 2019.
State Rep. Julie Johnson, D-Carrollton, speaks against Senate Bill 1978 on the House floor on May 20, 2019. Behind her, left to right: state Reps. Jessica González, D-Dallas, Mary González, D-Clint, Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood, and former Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at the dais on the Senate floor on May 25, 2019.
House Speaker Dennis Bonnen signs paperwork on the House floor on May 25, 2019.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen are joined by state legislators
 at a press conference at the Governor’s Mansion on May 23, 2019.
State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, oversaw the successful passing of HB 1, a budget deal, in the Senate on May 27, 2019.
Eliana Peña wears her quinceañera dress for photos at the Texas Capitol on May 26, 2019.
Chyrece Campbell holds Pierce Campbell as he looks up at the rotunda at the state capitol. Chyrece and her children, also pictured, Madison, Gregory and Kennedy, are visiting the capitol on the first day of the 86th legislative session. Miguel Gutierrez Jr.

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