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The election dust has barely settled, but Texas lawmakers are already working on bills they'll push in the legislative session that begins in January.

Property appraisal caps, crackdowns on child predators and border security are among the major issues expected on the legislative agenda. The perennial proposals to allow casino gambling and to use taxpayer money for private school vouchers also are likely to pop up.

Lawmakers get their first chance to file bills Monday. Clerks at the Texas House and Senate expect at least a few sponsors will be waiting in line when their offices open.

State representatives usually submit about 125 to 150 bills on the first filing day. State senators typically submit about 100 bills that day.

The 80th Legislative Session begins January 9th and lawmakers will have until March 9th to submit most bills.