Analysis: Make government boring again

Security for the opening day of the Texas Legislature's session was been ramped up after violence in Washington D.C. last week. Jan. 12, 2021.

The Texas Legislature is back, and on their opening day Tuesday, state lawmakers gave you no reason to stop what you’re doing and pay attention.

That’s almost a headline in itself.

Tuesday morning was bright and chilly in Austin. Except for the two dozen state troopers in riot garb at each of the four ground-level entrances, the Texas Capitol seemed as quiet as it was a week earlier.

The state police were there because of the uprising at the U.S. Capitol last week and because of threats and rumors of disruptive visits to state capitols between now and next week’s inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to succeed Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

But Texas government was operating outside the drama zone. Both chambers got a welcome-let’s-get-to-work speech from Gov. Greg Abbott.

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