Recapping The 83rd Texas Legislative Session

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – State lawmakers are sending Gov. Rick Perry a slew of new bills to sign, after pushing through several proposals before the end of the regular legislative session.

The changes are being viewed as a plus for education, a smaller reach for people who use Medicaid, and the right for students to keep guns in their cars on college campuses.

With Texas lawmakers closing out the 83rd legislative session–the only bill they are required to pass is a state budget, which they did to the tune of more than $94 billion.

The two-year spending plan restores large portions of historic spending cuts made in 2011–including to education.

Two years ago $5.4 billion was slashed from education, but lawmakers voted to restore $3.9 billion of that.

Ed Orlandi, father to a fourth grader, says it’s a step in the right direction.

“I’m happy to…

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