Tribpedia: 85th Legislative Session

The 85th session of the Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 10, 2017, and concludes on May 29. The party breakdowns in the House and Senate mirror recent legislatures — both chambers are dominated by Republicans, and all statewide offices are held by Republicans.

While the primary goal for legislators will be to write a budget for the 2018 and 2019 ...

Analysis: A governor (belatedly) setting the Legislature’s agenda

Gov. Greg Abbott lays out items for a special session, at the Capitol on June 6, 2017.
<p><span>Gov. Greg Abbott lays out items for a special session, at the Capitol on June 6, 2017.</span></p>

The regular legislative session belonged to legislative leaders — primarily Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who aggressively set an agenda for the Senate. Now, with a special session looming, Gov. Greg Abbott is asserting himself.

House Speaker Joe Straus adjourns the House sine die on May 29, 2017. "Sine die" means&nbsp;without any future date being designated for resumption.
<p>House Speaker Joe Straus adjourns the House sine die on May 29, 2017. "Sine die" means&nbsp;without any future date being designated for resumption.</p>

Analysis: Talk of taking on Straus simmering, but nowhere near a full boil

Between a contentious regular session of the Texas Legislature and a special session that starts in less than four weeks, some lawmakers are talking about the people in leadership, starting with the speaker of the House.

The signing of HB 100 opened the door for Lyft to resume operations in Houston and for both ride-hailing companies to return to cities such as Austin, Corpus Christi and Galveston.
<p>The signing of HB 100 opened the door for Lyft to resume operations in Houston and for both ride-hailing companies to return to cities such as Austin, Corpus Christi and Galveston.</p>

We asked Texans who should regulate Uber and Lyft. Here’s what they said.

Here’s a look at the state-vs.-local fight over ride-hailing regulations, what the new state law means for drivers and customers, and how some Texans feel about the changes.

Reps. Dan Huberty, Diego Bernal and&nbsp;Gary VanDeaver discuss the past legislative session and the upcoming special session at a conference of the Texas Association of School Administrators in Austin on June 25, 2017.
<p>Reps. Dan Huberty, Diego Bernal and&nbsp;Gary VanDeaver discuss the past legislative session and the upcoming special session at a conference of the Texas Association of School Administrators in Austin on June 25, 2017.</p>

House education leaders won't budge on school finance, private school choice

Rep. Dan Huberty, chair of the House Public Education Committee, said he plans to file a bill during the special session to reform school finance — and to continue to reject "private school choice."

The floor of the state Capitol is packed with protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4, the "sanctuary cities" bill, on May 29, 2017.&nbsp;
<p>The floor of the state Capitol is packed with protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4, the "sanctuary cities" bill, on May 29, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

Houston votes to join other Texas cities in lawsuit over new immigration law, Senate Bill 4

The Houston City Council voted 10–6 Wednesday morning to join a growing lawsuit against Senate Bill 4, an immigration enforcement law that allows peace officers to question the immigration status of people they legally detain.

State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, the chairman of the Texas House Defense and Veterans' Affairs Committee, leads a June 19, 2017, hearing in San Antonio&nbsp;on how annexation reform affects area military bases. Next to Gutierrez is committee clerk Margaret Wallace.&nbsp;
<p><span>State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, the chairman of the Texas House Defense and Veterans' Affairs Committee, leads a June 19, 2017, hearing in San Antonio&nbsp;on how annexation reform affects area military bases. Next to Gutierrez is committee clerk Margaret Wallace.&nbsp;</span></p>

Ahead of special session, annexation reform debate gears up

Residents and military officials testified about annexation reform Monday during a meeting of the House Defense and Veteran’s Affairs Committee.

Gov. Greg Abbott's bill-signing pens. This set was used to sign several bills reforming the Dept. of Child and Family Services and Child Protective Services in a ceremony with state legislators on May 31, 2017.
<p>Gov. Greg Abbott's bill-signing pens. This set was used to sign several bills reforming the Dept. of Child and Family Services and Child Protective Services in a ceremony with state legislators on May 31, 2017.</p>

How well do you know Gov. Greg Abbott's vetoes? Take our quiz to find out.

Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott revealed which bills he had decided to veto from this year's regular legislative session. How close were you paying attention? Take our veto quiz to find out.

Colorado-based Oskar Blues, which has a tap room in Austin, is opposed to a bill that would require it to pay what critics call an "extortion fee" to beer distributors.&nbsp;
<p><span>Colorado-based Oskar Blues, which has a tap room in Austin, is opposed to a bill that would require it to pay what critics call an "extortion fee" to beer distributors.&nbsp;</span></p>

Beermakers' efforts to get Abbott's veto go flat

House Bill 3287, which Gov. Greg Abbott didn't veto, will force larger breweries to pay a distributor to deliver their beer — even if they're delivering it to on-site taprooms just yards away from where it's produced.

Trevicia Williams was 14 years old when her mother forced her to marry a man 12 years her senior.&nbsp;
<p>Trevicia Williams was <span id="docs-internal-guid-5d06cc64-3c60-c365-cccb-8f09c5ebba4c"><span>14 years old when her mother forced her to marry a man 12 years her senior.&nbsp;</span></span></p>

Abbott signs measure that tightens state law on child brides

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Thursday to prohibit people younger than 18 from marrying unless a judge consents. The measure also prohibits anyone under 16 from getting married.

Wyatt McDaniel&nbsp;died in an accident while playing in a sand pile with his little brother on Jan. 25, 2013. His mother, Lara McDaniel, was not able to view his body until after his autopsy and is advocating for Texas lawmakers to adopt "Wyatt's Law."
<p><span>Wyatt McDaniel&nbsp;<span>died in an accident while playing in a sand pile with his little brother on Jan. 25, 2013. His mother, Lara McDaniel, was not able to view his body until after his autopsy and is advocating for Texas lawmakers to adopt "Wyatt's Law."</span></span></p>

Abbott signs bill to let parents see deceased children's bodies

A bill signed into law Wednesday ensures that parents will be permitted to see their dead children before autopsies are performed.

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus leaves the stage after speaking at the&nbsp;Texas Association of School Boards' annual summer leadership institute in San Antonio on June 14, 2017.
<p><span>Texas House Speaker Joe Straus leaves the stage after speaking at the&nbsp;Texas Association of School Boards' annual summer leadership institute in San Antonio on June 14, 2017.</span></p>

Straus needles Texas Senate on public education funding, "bathroom bill"

Speaking to hundreds of educators ahead of a special session packed with education bills, House Speaker Joe Straus chastised the Senate for underfunding school finance reform.

Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State address, flanked by (l.-r.) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, state Sens. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, and Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and House Speaker Joe Straus.
Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State address, flanked by (l.-r.) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, state Sens. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, and Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and House Speaker Joe Straus.

Analysis: Texas leaders couldn’t agree during the regular session. What’s changed?

Texas lawmakers will return to Austin in a month to take another swing at more than a dozen issues they couldn't resolve during the regular legislative session. So what has changed?