Ambition, in-fighting mark final weeks of Texas session

Texas Republicans have set an ambitious agenda, but internal feuds could derail key priorities.
Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, R-Orange, top center, talks with Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Kerrville, center, as the House debates election bill SB1, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas lawmakers are scrambling to pass some of their highest priorities as the clock winds down on the legislative session, but internecine squabbles between House and Senate Republicans threaten to derail several key bills.

“With only about 2.5 weeks left in the legislative session, Texas lawmakers still have a lot to accomplish in order for this session to be considered a success,” said James Quintero with the conservative Texas Public Policy Institute. “The two most obvious: enacting school choice and delivering massive property tax relief. These are must-have reforms.”

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