- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas’ 140-day legislative session is underway, with both the state Senate and House gaveling in around noon.

Lawmakers meet for 140 days every other year. Tuesday marks the first time they’ve convened since August 2013.

Opening day is generally reserved for pomp and circumstance, as lawmakers take the oath office and their families pose for pictures.

An early order of business is a House vote for speaker. San Antonio Republican Joe Straus is seeking his fifth term.

Republicans hold majorities in both chambers and control each of Texas’ 27 statewide offices.

Gov. Rick Perry is in the final days of his record 14-year term.

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott will be sworn in Jan. 20, along with incoming Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who bested incumbent David Dewhurst in last year’s Republican primary.

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