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Texas Legislature 2021

Texas lawmakers are back for a special session. Here’s what you should know.

We asked our readers for their questions about the special legislative session that starts Thursday in Texas. These are the answers.

The Texas Capitol on Feb. 1, 2021.

What is the special session and why is it happening in Texas?

How long will the special session last?

What is on the agenda?

What about the power grid? Will anything else come up during this special session?

Will lawmakers consider redistricting in the special session that starts July 8?

Would the voting legislation from the regular session have significant effects on people's ability to vote? What does the legislation actually do?

Could some of the voting restrictions disenfranchise Republican voters?

Could Texas Democrats break quorum by walking out again to stop the elections bill from passing?

How popular are proposed voting restrictions among Republican voters in Texas?

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