Today is the opening of the Texas legislative session. It's a big deal because the Texas legislature only meets every other year, and only for five months even then. Compared to nearly every other legislative body in the country, that's next to no time to handle state business. On the other hand, we've managed to amass a bigger set of law books than almost every other state besides California and New York, so the time crunch doesn't seem to hinder productivity. Quality, now that might be another debate . . .