New House speaker eyes challenges

The 87th session of the Texas Legislature opened Tuesday with COVID-19 encompassing every aspect of what the lawmakers do, according to new House Speaker Dade Phelan. “COVID, obviously, it will be a blanket over the entire session,” Phelan told a TV station in Beaumont. “We will deal with it in every aspect of policy. It will be a huge determining factor in the budget. Before the pandemic hit,…

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