AUSTIN, Texas -- Republicans in the Texas Legislature haven't let rules, traditions or complaints from Democrats get in their way.
From the cut & slash state budget to stricter abortion rules, Republicans have pushed through conservative priorities using any means necessary, steamrolling the minority party in the process. As the legislative session enters its final two weeks, the political drama will only intensify.
House and Senate negotiators still must come up with a compromise version of the budget. If major sticking points over spending aren't smoothed over soon, it could force a special session during the summer. School-funding legislation, including a measure to give schools relief from some state mandates, also has stalled.
A Senate showdown over immigration legislation cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities will likely come up before the May 30 session close.