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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A Short History Of The Rainy Day Fund

How did we get a rainy day fund, and how does it work?

Why is the State’s Share of Public School Funding Shrinking?

Texas taxpayers and students don’t benefit equally from the money the stat spends on public education.

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Who Writes The Bills Your Legislators Sponsor?

The name at the top of the bill doesn’t always tell the whole story.

Could A San Antonio Federal Panel Resolve Texas’ Redistricting Issue After Six Years?

It might be hard to believe, but Texas’s voting maps have been in flux for the past six years.

Is There Evidence Supporting Texas’ ‘Bathroom Bill’ As A Public Safety Measure?

There’s a lot of debate about whether the passage of Senate Bill 6 would make restrooms safer for women and girls.

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Five Ways You Can Influence Texas Lawmakers

If you’re not a lobbyist or longtime activist, can your views still be heard at the Capitol? Yes.

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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