Ask the editor: Why does the Texas Legislature only meet every two years?

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Local municipalities, including Frisco, are in the process of preparing for the upcoming 86th legislative session by passing their top legislative priorities.

Texas, along with Montana, Nevada and North Dakota, are the only states that meet biennially, whereas other states meet annually, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Texas Legislature, which convenes Jan. 8, has been meeting since it was established in 1845. According to The Texas Tribune, it was difficult to traverse the state in the 19th century, which is why lawmakers set biennial meetings in the state Constitution.

According to the Texas House of Representatives website, the maximum duration of a regular session is 140 days. However, the Constitution gives governors power to call as many special sessions as they want. Special sessions are limited to a period of 30 days, during which the Legislature is permitted to pass laws only on subjects submitted by the governor.

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Lindsey Juarez
Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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