Many Texans may not know that their state has a part-time legislature. State lawmakers only gather once every two years to conduct the business of the Lone Star State. By contrast, the Legislatures of all of the other HPPR states—Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska—meet on a yearly basis.
What’s more: Legislators in Texas only earn a little over $7,000 a year.
You may be wondering, why does the second largest economy in the U.S.—and the 10th largest in the world—only require its lawmakers to meet on a biennial basis?