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Day 102 of the 82nd Texas Legislature

“I picked up more support. He may think he won, but he’s lost.”
State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, on Rep. David Simpson’s derailing of her so-called “puppy mill bill” yesterday

Yesterday a Senate panel passed its version of the budget, which spends nearly $12 billion more than the House plan. Still, while it restores some funding to public education, health and human services and public safety, Alexa Garcia-Ditta writes it’s still not enough to meet Texas’ needs.  

The Texas House postponed hearing a controversial education deregulation bill yesterday so lawmakers could head home early for the Easter holiday. The legislation would give school districts more flexibility over class sizes and teacher salaries. Gary Scharrer of the San Antonio Express News outlines what teachers and school administrators think of the bill, scheduled now to be debated Tuesday. 

Today and Monday will be quiet under the pink dome as lawmakers headed home yesterday for the Easter holiday. But things will pick back up starting Tuesday. The Senate is expected to bring its version of the budget to the floor next week. 

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Alexa Garcia-Ditta is a staff writer (and former intern) covering women's health, reproductive health and health care access.