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Texas Legislature 2021

The 2021 Texas Legislature: 140 days in photos

Every other year, Texas legislators gather in Austin to enact new laws, but 2021 was like no other session. Here’s what it looked like through the lenses of Texas Tribune photographers.

A group of armed protesters gathered for a  demonstration at the Capitol's north entrance on Jan. 12, 2021.
State troopers stand guard outside of the state Capitol's north entrance on the opening day of the Legislative Session on Ja…
Signs adorn every seat in the House Gallery to ensure social distancing in the house chamber. Jan 4, 2020.
Newly-elected House Speaker Dade Phelan speaks to the House of Representatives during opening ceremonies as the 2021 legisla…
From left: state Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano; Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney; and Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, meet as legisla…
The Texas House of Representatives on Jan. 13, 2021.
Maskless lawmakers speak to one another on the Senate floor prior to the session beginning on March 2, 2021.
State Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood, questions a proposed amendment to HB 10 on March 30, 2021.
Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, speaks with a colleague on the house floor on Thursday, April 22,, 2021.
The House Elections Committee met to hear public testimony on a number of proposed election reform bills related to election…
State Rep. E. Sam Harless, R-Spring, listens to Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, as he presents House Bill 2166 to the House …
Vanessa Guillen's sisters Lupe Guillen, left, and Mayra Guillen speak at a press conference regarding legislation that would…
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, speak to an aid on the senate floor on April …
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks at a press conference about Senate Bill 7 at the Texas Capitol on April 7, 2021.
A group of “SLAB Riders” from Houston drove to the Texas Capitol in Austin to participate in a rally in support of the Georg…
A group of “SLAB Riders” from Houston drove to the Texas Capitol in Austin to participate in a rally in support of the Georg…
From left: Family members of George Floyd, sister Bridgett Floyd, daughter Gianna Floyd, and the mother of Floyd’s daughter,…
Ada-Rhodes Short holds up a sign that reads "Protect Trans Kids Save a Life" at an event held by Equality Texas at the Capit…
Gun rights advocates wait to testify at a Senate committee hearing regarding the permitless carry of handguns on April 29, 2…
Houston Resident Kellye Burke, a volunteer for the gun safety group Mom’s Demand Action, waits to testify at a Senate commit…
Youth activists deploy over 200,000 rose petals from the capitol rotunda to protest against what they describe as “Extremist…
Trish and her 12-year-old son look out into the sunset at Canyon Lake on April 13, 2021.
Hundreds of people joined the “Texans Rally for Our Voting Rights” event to speak out against restrictive voting bills at th…
Hundreds of people joined the “Texans Rally for Our Voting Rights” event to speak out against restrictive voting bills at th…
Hundreds of people joined the “Texans Rally for Our Voting Rights” event to speak out against restrictive voting bills at th…
Brendan Cavanagh waves an American flag while participating in a rally in opposition to SB 7 at the state capitol on April 8…
House Speaker Dade Phalen on the House floor on May 5, 2021.
State Rep. Meyer Morgan, R-Dallas, on May 7, 2021.
State Rep. Ana Hernandez, D-Houston, on the House floor on May 7, 2021.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presides over Senate session at the state capitol on May 17, 2021.
Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, celebrates the passage of a bill he sponsored on Thursday, May 13, 2021.
People wait on the Senate floor during session at the state capitol on May 25, 2021.
A man watches from the Senate gallery during session at the state capitol on May 25, 2021.
Gov. Greg Abbott speaks with lawmakers on the House floor during the legislative session on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Democratic lawmakers met during a break in the session on May 30, 2021.
Democratic lawmakers met in the Speaker's Committee Room during a break in the session on May 30, 2021.
The state Capitol on May 30, 2021.
State Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, handed out buttons to his colleagues that read ‘Protect the Vote’ as the House prepares to de…
The House floor on May 30, 2021.
State Rep. Jessica González, D-Dallas, speaks at a press conference at Mt. Zion Baptist Church near the state Capitol in Aus…
House members praised House Speaker Dade Phelan on Sine Die. May 31, 2021.
House members clap in honor of staff that helped during the 87th Legislative session on Sine Die. May 31, 2021.
House Speaker Dade Phelan on the House floor on Sine Die on May 31, 2021.
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