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Texas Legislature starts 86th Bi-Annual Session

ANA HERNANDEZ, State Representative for District 143, is shown at the first session of the 86th Legislature after her swearing-in ceremony. Pictured with Ana is Amir Khan and Debra Barrera Carrizal.

Rep. Ana Hernandez Sworn-in

Austin, TX — Tuesday marked the beginning of the 86th session in the Texas Senate, a 140-day term in which state leadership has pledged to tackle the complex issues of public school finance reform and property tax reform. Governor Greg Abbott was on hand to welcome the members, new and current, and promised to finally resolve these issues.

“We are going to step up and address it,” he said.

Other major issues facing the Legislature this session include state pension funds and contracting oversight, but like Abbott, Senate leader Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and newly elected House Speaker Dennis Bonnen have highlighted property tax and school finance reform as critical issues this session.