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The Official Beer of the 81st Legislature
Actually, the Republicans probably wouldn't vote for it

May 31, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Welcome to the 81st
Will a new speaker and more Democrats spell 'change' at the Capitol?
"...As the 81st Texas Legislature gathers for the opening gavel Jan. 13,..."

Jan. 9, 2009 News Feature by Michael King

Sex Ed at the 81st Lege
A handful of bills have been filed on sex education

March 20, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

81st Lege
The upcoming legislative session looks to be a doozy
"...maelstrom on Wall Street – will likely dominate the 81st session of the Texas Legislature, according to a panel..."

Sept. 26, 2008 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Ike and the 81st Lege
How did Galveston fare at the Capitol?
"...fit to call a special session of the state Legislature. Instead, he waited for the regular session, when lawmakers..."

Sept. 11, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

How Long Is 140 Days?
As the 81st Legislature departs, does it leave a footprint?
"...Early in the 81st Legislature, many lawmakers half-joked that if they got the..."

June 12, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Gov. Perry: Special Session Begins July 1
Lege to consider sunset, TxDOT bonds, and TxDOT authority
"...including some strange fantasies about just how well the 81st session went:..."

June 25, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Sniffing Sine Die
Taking stock of the 81st Lege
"...a good moment to take stock, see what the 81st Lege has accomplished thus far (not an overwhelming prospect),..."

May 8, 2009 News Feature by Michael King

And Taylor Makes 106
Speaker Straus makes tactical gains in race to be speaker again
"...Straus is parlaying his strong report card from the 81st Legislature into his run to lead the 82nd as..."

June 6, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

A New Day
81st Legislature opens with unity in the House, mutiny in the Senate

Jan. 16, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Day One on the Floor
Liveblogging from the House in the 82nd Legislature
"...And so it begins: The 82nd Legislature of the State of Texas begins today. We'll be..."

Jan. 11, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

After the Election, the Deluge of Bills
More than 400 new pieces of legislation already filed for 2015
"...from the House. The 84th session of the Texas Legislature may not kick off until Jan. 13, 2015, but..."

Nov. 11, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Carona Says Filibuster About Process, Not Vengeance
Watson blasts local-option opponents as "bumper-sticker arguments"
"...have misleadingly portrayed it as an attempt by the Legislature to raise taxes itself. The Senate version amended Carona’s..."

May 31, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

This Way to the Big Top!
From budget disaster to hysterical bloodletting, the legislative circus is back in town
"...In 2009, the 81st Legislature of the state of Texas was nicknamed the..."

Jan. 14, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Everything Under the Sun(set)
The Sunset Advisory Commission looks toward the 81st legislative session
"...a reminder of what they're in for when the 81st Legislature convenes on Jan. 13. Across two long days..."

Dec. 26, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

TFN Looks at the Lege Demagogues
New Texas Freedom Network report on the Lege and the religious right
"...With 31 senators and 150 representatives at the Legislature, it really can be hard to tell the players..."

Feb. 13, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Travis Gains Little Ground on Land Use
"...the state Capitol for almost two decades, but the 81st Legislature may stand as a watershed for him. Rarely..."

June 12, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Special Session Especially Likely?
With the session at the 60-day mark, bills are running out of time
"...On March 13, the Legislature hit its first big date on the calendar. The..."

March 20, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Is Texas Bad for Kids?
A new report from Texans Care for Children shows kids faring poorly
"...– just in time for the start of the 81st Legislature. The body's executive director, Eileen Garcia-Matthews, said she..."

Jan. 16, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Looks Like a Straus Waltz to House Speaker
With the help of House Democrats, San Antonio Republican locks up votes for speaker
"...With the 81st Legislature starting on Jan. 13, everyone expected the session..."

Jan. 9, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Special Session: In and Out in a Jiffy
Lawmakers passed two key bills – then they went home
"...The first (and possibly last) special session of the 81st Legislature was a model of efficiency: Two major pieces..."

July 10, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Session Ends With Finger-Pointing, Unfinished Business
Perry says he has no immediate plans to call legislators back to Austin
"...A week ago, the Texas Legislature was divided along party lines. But with sine die..."

June 5, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...• The 81st Legislature adjourned Monday in a welter of confusion and..."

June 5, 2009 News Feature

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, May 28-June 4
"...Texas Monthly writer Paul Burka discusses the Texas Lege's 81st session. 11:30am. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover. www.austinuu.org. MOnday01..."

May 29, 2009 News Feature

LegeLines
Quickies from the Capitol
"...• Thirty-one and counting: The 81st Legislature enters its final month...."

May 1, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

LegeLines
A roundup of this week's Capitol capers
"...it the first legislation to come out of the 81st Legislature. The bipartisan bill allows electric utilities rebuilding after..."

April 24, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Fighting the Green Fight
A roundup of this session's environmental legislation
"...pass green reforms. So far, his scorecard for the 81st Legislature is mixed. He explained, "We had a lot..."

April 17, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

On the Lege: Senate Fight
Dems lost the debate on the two-thirds rule, but not without a fight
"...you've heard about the acrimony that kicked off the 81st session of the Texas Senate last week. Even so,..."

Jan. 23, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Sunsetting TYC: Will It Stick?
The Sunset Commission's close vote makes TYC's Lege fate hard to predict
"...2010: That's the controversial recommendation handed down by the Legislature's Sunset Advisory Commission at its last meeting of the..."

Jan. 23, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Bradley Spars With Lawmakers
New head of Forensic Science Commission is all fired up
"...and additional funding resources are located (presumably from the Legislature)...."

Nov. 20, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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