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    The great debate is over.  No, no ... not that pesky debate over the budget ... rather what is the state of Texas' official music?

    On Monday, Texas lawmakers declared western swing the state's official music, complete with a mini-hoedown on the House floor.

    Yee haw.

    Rep. Doug Miller donned a cowboy hat and crooned, "I saw miles and miles of Texas," while Reps. Sid Miller and Charles "Doc" Anderson, stomped their feet to the beat, according to the Associated Press.

    The ceremonial resolution passed unanimously Monday and had already passed the Senate.

    The official declaration means lawmakers gave the nod to such western swing pioneers as Bob Willis over a parade of other homegrown country hit-makers, including everyone from Hank Williams to the Dixie Chicks.

    Western swing is a sub-genre of country that originated in the 1920s and 30s and has an up-tempo dance sound that mixes pop and jazz with a string section.  It can also feature elements of fiddle and ragtime.

    Now, let's get back to obtaining final approval on last week's budget proposal.