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Memorial Day marked end of Texas' 86th legislative session

Memorial Day, May 27, was "sine die" for Texas' 86th legislative session. 

Literally translated, the Latin term means "without day" and is used in reference to proceedings that have been adjourned. It marks the end of the legislature's 140-day regular session.

Before adjourning, the Senate elected Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, president pro-tempore. It is largely an honorary position, but it makes Huffman third in the line for the governorship of Texas. If the governor and lieutenant governor are both out of the state, the president pro-tempore is acting governor in their absence

However, there are a few more dates of interest before this legislative session completely ends. Here are remaining important deadlines:

• Sunday, June 16, 2019 (20th day following final adjournment of 86th Legislature, Regular Session) Last day the governor can sign or veto bills passed during the regular session
• Monday, August 26, 2019 (91st day following final adjournment of 86th Legislature, Regular Session) Date that bills without specific effective dates, other than bills with immediate effect, become law.

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