Texas Legislature to convene with list of big issues to tackle Posted in: Opinions Capital Highlights AUSTIN — The 86th Texas Legislature convenes 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 ...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!