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What Are Texas Lawmakers Planning for 2023?

LGBTQ issues, property taxes, election fraud, and health care are all on the schedule.


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Texas lawmakers will begin their 2023 legislative session in Austin in January. Monday was the first day they could file bills to be considered next year. (Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune)

Texas Lawmakers Focused on LGBTQ Issues

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Governor Greg Abbott (Courtesy photo)

In February, Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a nonbinding legal opinion that equated gender-affirming care with child abuse, prompting Gov. Greg Abbott to direct the state’s child welfare agency to investigate parents. Those investigations are largely blocked by court order, but if state law changed, they could potentially resume. — Sneha Dey, Eleanor Klibanoff and Alex Nguyen

Health Care is an Important Topic for Texas Lawmakers 

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Texas lawmaker Christina Morales (Courtesy photo)

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Texas Lawmakers Create Bills About Voting and Elections

Fourth, voting and elections, especially election fraud, are a popular topic for Texas lawmakers. House Bill 39, introduced by Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, would bump the penalty for election fraud from a Class A misdemeanor to a state jail felony.

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And finally, the ever-popular topic of property taxes. 

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