What to Expect as the Texas Legislative Session Begins Tuesday

State legislators will arrive in Austin to begin session. Stay tuned for KHOU 11 as we follow the months-long lawmaking session.

AUSTIN, Texas. Texas lawmakers will return to the Capitol this week as the 88th legislative session begins on Tuesday.

There will be huge battles ranging from property taxes to social issues.

What happens in Austin over the next few months could mean potentially huge policy changes that will impact Texas families. Entering this new legislative session, the Republicans will retain their majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Some of the main issues will be immigration, crime, property taxes and school vouchers. There will also be a number of bills aimed at addressing social and gender issues such as abortion and transgender rights.

Sports and casino gambling can also be promoted by legislators.

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Texas has a $27 billion surplus, which is expected to be managed by Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick, Speaker of the House Dade Phelan and Gov. Greg Abbott.

The Texas State Legislature holds a part-time meeting every two years to pass the budget.

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