The soon-to-end 86th regular session of the Legislature was supposed to be dominated by school finance and property taxes — and it was — but there was plenty of time to renew old fights over abortion, immigration, guns and LGBT rights.
School safety was a focus after eight students and two substitute teachers were shot to death last year at Santa Fe High School, and lawmakers also carved out time to address sexual violence, tackle a backlog of untested rape evidence and address the ravages of Hurricane Harvey.
Bills sent to Gov. Greg Abbott would raise the legal age to buy and use tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 and expand the availability of low-potency medical marijuana.
But in many ways, the 140-day session, which will end Monday, will be remembered for what didn’t happen.
Efforts to make it more difficult, if not impossible, to remove Confederate monuments generated