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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If The Texas Legislature Were A Symphony, This Is What It Would Sound Like

It all begins with the flourish of a pounding gavel, but then it quickly dies down. And not a whole lot gets done right away: for the most part, lawmakers can’t take a final vote on any bills in the first 60 days. That means our little Legislative Symphony is kind of quiet in the beginning.

In A Session Packed With Headline-Grabbing Issues, These ‘Sleeper’ Bills Could Still Mean Big Changes

Bills that could change city annexation rules, study the impact of driverless cars, and protect Texas water conservation districts are all on this session’s legislative agenda.

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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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