It also bodes well for the normal give and take that should accompany any legislature endeavor.
AUSTIN — Legislators returned to the Capitol on Tuesday for a new session full of challenge and potential peril, keeping the opening day focused on hope despite signs of the tough battle ahead.
House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, under attack from tea party groups and conservatives in recent weeks, easily won re-election to a second term — pleading for more civility and emphasizing the need to help restore public trust in government.
“Division, threats of retribution ... attacks on people’s religious beliefs and distortions of people’s records have no place in this House,” said Straus, who took the oath using both a family Bible and the one used by Sam Houston when he was sworn in as governor in 1860.
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