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Texas Legislative Session Begins Amid Concerns Of Violence And The Pandemic

Bills to redraw the state’s political maps, the state’s pandemic response, and sweeping police reform proposals are on the docket to be discussed in the Texas Capitol.

Texas state troopers wearing riot gear stand guard outside the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, for the opening of the legislative session. The Texas Department of Public Safety has increased its presence at the state Capitol after last week’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. The FBI also has warned of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. (AP Photo/Jim Vertuno)

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First, Matt Harab walks us through what he sees outside the Texas Capitol in Austin as events unfold.

Then, Dr. Jeronimo Cortina, co-host of Party Politics and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Peter Rene, professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Texas Southern University School of Public Affairs, walk us through was expected bills can be discussed in the 87th Texas Legislative session as well as the possible political future for politicians whose baseless election lawsuits may have, in part, led to the attack on Capitol Hill last Wednesday.

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