Texas Legislature to convene with list of big issues to tackle Posted in: Columns AUSTIN — The 86th Texas Legislature convened Jan. 8 as the partial shutdown of the federal government that began Dec. 22 enters a third week. As always, lawmakers’ priorities will be the writing of a two-year state budget and deciding how to fund it. In the 140 days of the regular ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!