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Texas Legislature 2021

To block voting legislation, Democrats put bail bills, legislative funding and other measures in peril

Conservative priorities to restrict pretrial release from jail and ban critical race theory in schools were up in the air after Democratic lawmakers chartered flights to Washington, D.C. But so was funding for retired teachers and legislative employees.

Speaker of the House Dade Phelan gavels in the opening day of the special session at the Texas Capitol on July 8, 2021.

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