Introducing Curious Capitol: Do you have questions about the Texas Legislature? We’ll find answers

Megan Menchaca

Is there something you’d like to learn about the Texas Legislature? An issue or lawmaker you’d like The Daily Texan to cover? Or even just a more in-depth look at a bill that was recently introduced?

I’m Megan Menchaca, the Texan’s first engagement editor, and I’m interested in hearing from you.

Last year, the Texan launched Curious Campus, a new series where we collected and answered nearly a dozen questions submitted by readers just like you. As the engagement reporter, I looked into submissions about topics ranging from early voting to whatever happened to the Starbucks inside DKR. But there’s a lot of questions left unanswered.

That’s why we're not only continuing Curious Campus this semester, but we’ll also be launching Curious Capitol, a series solely dedicated to answering any questions you have about what goes on inside the Texas Capitol. For the next few months, you can ask us anything that you've wanted to know about the Texas Legislature.



Before the 86th legislative session even began, lawmakers introduced hundreds of bills tackling issues like marijuana legalization, funding for mental health services, LGBTQ rights and immigration — all of which will have significant effects on Texas residents.

And if you’ve been wondering what these bills mean for UT-Austin or even why the Legislature only meets for 140 days every two years, Curious Capitol is the place for you.


Here’s how it’ll work: Similarly to last semester, you’ll submit your questions to Curious Capitol in a form located on the Texan’s website and at the bottom of stories related to the Texas Legislature. Then, the engagement reporters will investigate until they find answers to the questions asked by you and other members of the UT community.

So, Longhorns: What are you curious about? Ask the Texan your questions in the form below or whenever you see me in person, and I’ll get you answers.