It is the last official day of the regular legislative session, but most of the real work was finished, yesterday.

Lawmakers sent a finalized budget bill to the governor. A day after the Senate gave it’s seal of approval, the House signed off on SB1. It restores most of the cuts made to education last session and provides funding for new water projects.

Lawmakers also passed through significant changes to public school testing and graduation requirements. Notably, however, the budget failed to include significant funding for long-term transportation needs. Still, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say the process was much more democratic than in years past.

“I think this session reflected the lessons of the 2012 national elections,” said Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin). “It kind of indicated that voters didn’t like the extremism that had come to characterize the Republican party.” Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin) agreed that there was a much less divisive tone this time around. “Definitely different from last session in the sense that we were able to accomplish a lot of things that allowed us to move the state forward,” he said.

Even as lawmakers reflect on the session, they are not packing their bags to leave Austin, just yet. The halls of the Capitol are filled with talk that a special session is looming. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has said he’d like to see lawmakers tackle some conservative legislation that didn’t pass in the regular session. That includes stricter abortion laws and relaxed statewide gun laws.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, meanwhile, wants to see lawmakers return to take up redistricting. He wants lawmakers to adopt the interim maps that were used in the last election. Redistricting committee chairman Drew Darby says he remains confident it will pass without much opposition. “If the call is limited to adopting the current court ordered maps, then everyone here in the House and the Senate were elected on these maps,” he said. “And so it’s going to be difficult for somebody to say they’re not happy with their district.”

It is ultimately up to Governor Rick Perry to call a special session. He also gets to determine what legislation he’ll put on the table.