The Legislature remains far from allowing recreational use, but baby steps toward decriminalization could come this session.
The Angleton Republican takes control of the lower chamber as the 86th Legislature convenes.
The $119.12 billion two-year estimate is the first step in the Texas Legislature's budgeting process.
These two state legislators just might hold the key to the coming legislative session.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus had a rocky relationship to say the least.
Nearly 300 bills have already been filed by Monday morning; the vast majority of them will never make it to the governor's desk to become law.
The Angleton Republican says he has 109 commitments when 76 are needed to elect him to the leadership post.