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Vouchers, border security, abortion: The issues you heard about in 2023 will continue to be hotly debated in 2024

After nearly a year’s worth of legislative sessions, several issues are poised to dominate Texas politics this year. Here’s a look at how things ended on several fronts last year — and where they’re headed next.

The Texas Capitol in Austin on Oct. 19, 2021.

Vouchers and school finance

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during an event held by the Parent Empowerment Coalition at Annapolis Christian Academy on Jan. 31, 2023, in Corpus Christi.

Immigration and border security

A migrant family from Peru walks towards the nearest port of entry after they crossed the Rio Grande back into Mexico after the family asked Texas National Guard Troops to be let inside a makeshift migrant camp to be processed about two hours after Title-42 ended at 9:59 p.m. local time, Friday, May 12, 2023, in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. The family was denied entry. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune


President of Center for Reproductive Rights Nancy Northup speaks at a press conference announcing the filing of Zurawski v. State of Texas, at the Capitol on March 7, 2023. The lawsuit demands clarity from the state on what constitutes a “medical emergency” exception to abortion bans.

Ken Paxton's impeachment acquittal

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, center, talks with his defense attorney Tony Buzbee, left, before starting the ninth day of his impeachment trial in the Senate Chamber at the Texas Capitol on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, in Austin, Texas.

Higher education

Reem Abbas, a junior, and Aaeisha Baharun, a senior, study together at Rice University’s MultiCultural Center in Houston, Texas, US, on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023. In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that prohibits diversity, equity and inclusion offices in Texas public colleges and universities starting in 2024.

School safety

Nimitz Middle School students line up to enter their next class Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023 in Odessa.

Houston ISD takeover

Laurel Hays holds a poster against the Texas Education Agency (TEA) takeover of Houston Independent School District (HISD) during a press conference regarding HISD's imminent state takeover in Houston, on Friday, March 3, 2023.

Property taxes

Star Creek, a neighborhood down the street of the Allen Premium Outlets, in Allen, TX on May 8, 2023.

LGBTQ+ rights

Hundreds joined the Queer March on the Capitol in Austin on April 15, 2023.

Extreme heat

Austin-Travis County EMS first responders cart Robert Shipp, 75, of Bastrop, to an ambulance during a 102 degree summer day outside Austin Wrench A Part in Del Valle on July 7, 2023. According to the EMS crew and Shipp, he was seen passing out while searching for car parts under the hot sun, and hadn’t eaten any food or drank any water all day.

Electric grid

Snow covered the Texas Capitol grounds during the winter storm on Feb. 16, 2021.

Water supply and infrastructure

Tom Bailey flushes out a water line in Zavalla on April 10, 2023.

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