Texas lawmakers are back at work with a promise to play nice. The session opened today, with what appears to be a new republican majority game plan.
Finding common ground was the theme of the day, as state lawmakers got organized for this 140-day session. Governor Rick Perry called on state lawmakers not to overspend the increase in revenue they will have this session, instead he wants them to cut taxes.
Governor Perry also offered a general to-do list that includes making improvements to roads, power and water resources.
At one point the governor’s speech was interrupted when a legislative aid fainted. As the committee process gets underway, that’s where common ground can quickly turn into a battle field.
The session wraps up in late may.
With no other challenger, Joe Straus, who has held the gavel for the past few years was re-elected as house speaker.