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 ...

State Sens. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and John Whitmire, D-Houston, at a hearing on Senate Bill 2 on March 14, 2017.
State Sens. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and John Whitmire, D-Houston, at a hearing on Senate Bill 2 on March 14, 2017.

Texas Senate accounting maneuver finds $2.5B in budget; Straus calls it “cooking the books”

By delaying a diversion of sales tax money for transportation projects, Texas Senate leaders said they had an additional $2.5 billion to spend on needs such as health care and schools.

Opponents of Senate Bill 3 — and other proposed school choice legislation — rally on the Capitol's south steps on March 21, 2017.
<p>Opponents of Senate Bill 3 &mdash; and other proposed school choice legislation &mdash; rally on the Capitol's south steps on March 21, 2017.</p>

School choice bill proponents, foes debate what's best for families

Tuesday's Senate Education Committee debate on private school subsidies lasted more than seven hours and saw experts on both sides arguing they knew best how to educate black and Latino Texas students.