The 87th legislature of the State of Texas began on January 12, 2021, and concluded on May 31, 2021. Texas lawmakers convened u.rst, the legislative session began just six days after the historic riot at the nation’s capital in Washington, DC, in which right-leaning protestors stormed the Capitol. Many critics asserted that the actions of protestors were fueled by rhetoric by the outgoing President of the United States. Additionally, the session opened while the State of Texas and most of the nation were under restrictive measures due to the COVID-19 shutdown. The handling of COVID-19 was highly politicized, with conservative and liberal lawmakers taking vastly different approaches in handling the pandemic. It is within this larger context that the Center for Justice Research entered the arena of this legislative session, given current events and with the end goal of providing a deeper understanding and analysis of forthcoming legislative bills to lawmakers across the state.