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June 1, 2015 (512) 463-0300


(AUSTIN) — The Texas Senate ended the 84th Legislative session Monday, its first in 12 years under new leadership and a term that saw nine new members take office. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, newly elected last year, told members from the dais that this may have been the Senate's finest hour. "I think we had one of the most successful, if not the most successful, Senate sessions in modern history," he said. The Senate passed a budget, legislation doubling funding to border security, early education, and tax cuts over the past 140 days. Here's a look at some of the key bills that will become law if signed by Governor Greg Abbott.

Governor Abbott has ten days to sign or veto the laws.

One question is bandied around the Capitol at the end of every session, and this year was no different: will the governor call a special session? Governor Rick Perry called 12 extra sessions in his decade as governor, but this time around lawmakers could be out of Austin all interim for the first time since 2007. One issue that could bring them back is a lawsuit on school finance currently before the state Supreme Court. Oral arguments are expected to begin this fall, and the timing and nature of the ruling will determine whether the Legislature will be back in session to deal with the issue next year or if it will wait until they meet in regular session again in January 2017.

The Senate stands adjourned sine die.

Session video and all other webcast recordings can be accessed from the Senate website's Audio/Video Archive.