The 2017 Texas Legislative session is underway. State legislators meet every other year for 140 days in a frenzy of debating (sometimes arguing), deal-making, stand-taking, bill-killing and, occasionally, law-making. As the late, great political columnist Molly Ivins said, “I never saw anything funnier than Texas politics.”

For the past few weeks, we’ve been asking what you want to know about the Texas legislature: how it works, why it works the way it does and what you want lawmakers to do.

As part of the “Texas Decides” series, we want to shine some light on the often confusing inner workings of the big pink dome. We’ve teamed up with public radio stations across Texas – KUT in Austin, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, Houston Public Media, KERA in Dallas and Marfa Public Radio – to collect and answer your questions.

Vote for your favorite question or send in one of your own using our modules at the bottom of the page.

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What Would It Take To Summon A Convention Of States?

Texas is on the verge of becoming the tenth state to call for a new U.S. constitutional convention. Some conservatives fear the effort could backfire.

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What’s It Like At Polling Places Around The State?

It’s the day the nation has been waiting for – Election Day. Voters are lined up at the polls and reporters are floating around getting reactions. Texas Standard spoke to three reporters on the scene around the state.

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Why Is Voter Turnout So Low In Texas?

Steven Kellman of San Antonio asks why turnout is so consistently low in Texas: “Why do most Texans eligible to vote not bother to cast a ballot?”

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