The Texas Capitol looks and feels much different than it did just eight months ago, but just what are the state’s lawmakers up to now that the Legislative session is over?

Texas has what is called a “citizen legislature,” meaning that lawmaking for the state serves only as a part-time job for the legislators. In return, they earn $600 per month as lawmakers and $150 per day when the Legislature is in session.

"The whole idea behind meeting part-time is to have a citizen legislature,” Republican State Representative Larry Gonzalez said. “To have men and women that come to the Capitol, serve the state and then go back and live under the laws they helped to create."

While lawmakers head back to their day-jobs and keep an ear out for constituent concerns, suggestions on what needs to be worked on and possibly addressed in bills next session, called interim charges, are issued by Speaker and Lieutenant Governor.

"Those hearings are ongoing, a variety of issues, lots of committees meet,” Rep. Gonzalez said. “Austin’s the hub, so they meet here."

In November, many lawmakers had already returned to the Capital City to start tackling drought and state water supply concerns, just one of Speaker Joe Straus and other House members’ 175 interim charges.

Others include looking at the problems with the Texas’ so-called franchise tax and enhancing public and higher education.

Click here to read a full list of the interim charges to be examined by lawmakers over the break.