Every biennial session of the Texas Legislature has its own personality. For the session that begins today, that personality will be shaped by an extraordinary set of issues and a bizarre political environment.
COVID-19 has never been stronger. Vaccines are available, but supplies lag behind demand, and federal and state government distribution has been amateurish and ineffective. The state economy has been scrambled by a pandemic-induced recession. The political world is reeling from the riot in the U.S. Capitol and the uneasy transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.