Here they come again.
Austinites view the arrival of the Legislature with a mixture of Texas welcome and political trepidation, and the 83rd session, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 8, will be no exception. This week and next, we offer a preview, taking a look at prefiled legislation – the bills beginning to accumulate for assignment to committee. We also asked a few local progressive insiders what they might be hoping for – and fearing – as the session approaches. Rick Levy, legal and education director for the Texas AFL-CIO, who spends much of his session time trying to defend workers’ rights, summed it up half-seriously: “What we’re apprehensive about is the session, and what we’re looking forward to is sine die.”