By Emily Banks Wooten
The 88th session of the Texas Legislature convenes Tuesday for the biennial 140-day regular legislative session in which state lawmakers will address issues and attempt to pass bills on behalf of their constituents.
Property taxes, border issues, public education funding, gun control, the power grid, abortion, LGBTQ issues and mental health access in rural areas are expected to be the top issues addressed.
According to State Comptroller Glenn Hegar, state lawmakers will have a $27 billion budget surplus to spend, the result of record-high tax revenues over the last year. In total, lawmakers will have $149.07 billion in general funds, Hegar said, whereas they had $112.5 billion going into the last regular legislative session in 2021. However, there are constitutional limits on how much of the surplus lawmakers will be able to spend.
Polk County is represented by Sen. Robert Nichols (R) in the Texas Senate and by Rep. Trenty Ashby (R) in the Texas House of Representatives.