Complete coverage of the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature.

Texas Lawmakers Head to Work

By Omar Villafranca
|  Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013  |  Updated 7:21 PM CDT
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The 83rd Texas Legislature convened Tuesday for its biennial session. Lawmakers will need to figure out how to pay for public schools and roads, among many other things during the 140-day session.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

The 83rd Texas Legislature convened Tuesday for its biennial session. Lawmakers will need to figure out how to pay for public schools and roads, among many other things during the 140-day session.

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Legislature Begins Work Tuesday

Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, but there are still some tussles expected as lawmakers battle over how to spend an expected $101.4 billion in state revenue.
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Texas lawmakers will go back to work Tuesday to start the 83rd session of the Legislature.

The gavel drops at noon, and work starts on the business of governing Texas.

Republicans still control both chambers, but there are still some tussles expected as lawmakers battle over how to spend an expected $101.4 billion in state revenue.

Some lawmakers are pushing for more funding for education, while some want to invest in the state's water needs.

While some of the bills might bore some people, other proposed laws will grab headlines. There's a bill that would require a license to become an exotic dancer. There's also an anti-groping bill aimed at airport security.

NBC 5 will show you the ins and outs of these bills and ask you if the bills should pass or fail.

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