After 140 days, the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature ended Monday to applause, handshakes and hugs.
With a hard-fought, $197 billion budget in hand — the only must-pass legislation under the state Constitution — House Speaker Joe Straus gavelled out first, terming it “a very smooth session.” Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst followed shortly before 5:30 p.m., calling it “a very good session.”
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