Big items remain on Texas legislative agenda

May 15, 2011 5:12:16 AM PDT
Two weeks to go before the legislative session ends, and lawmakers will have their hands full. Among the big votes is a compromised version of the budget. Last month, legislators passed a two-year budget measured at $164.5 billion -- $23 billion less than this year's budget.

The bill must pass the house twice, and then go to the senate.

Lawmakers must also decide on school funding legislation and whether to give schools relief from some state mandates. The house bill now on the table will short public schools nearly $8 billion.

Another big vote: the rainy day fund. Lawmakers still disagree on whether to dip into the fund to close the budget gap.

We can also expect a senate showdown over the immigration legislation crackdown on sanctuary cities.

If the budget isn't approved by May 30, legislators could be looking at a special session during the summer.

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