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Texas Legislature 101: Understanding the state government and how it passes laws

Here’s a rundown of how a bill becomes a law, how the Texas Legislature works and the power players who keep things moving under the Pink Dome.

A visitor of the House gallery listens to legislators speak during a debate on an abortion bill being considered on the House floor on May 5, 2021.

What is the Texas Legislature?

How does a bill become a law in Texas?

Who are the power players? 

What’s the pace of the Texas Legislature?

How can I keep up with bills and meetings?

Can I really help lead to change in the Legislature?

So how can I participate in the Legislature?

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