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84th Texas Legislative Session


“The Texas Legislature will consider a variety of topics when it convenes in regular session on January 13, 2015. Among other prominent issues, lawmakers are expected to consider proposals to modify taxes, consolidate health and human services agencies, revise criminal punishments, improve low-performing schools, manage groundwater resources, and fund highways, higher education, and border security operations. A total of 20 agencies will be under Sunset review in areas that include health and human services, administrative hearings, and workforce development.” — Topics for the 84th Legislature, House Research Organization Focus Report no. 84-1, December 18, 2014)

  Index:   Bills  |  Budget and Appropriations  |  Executive Branch  |  Governor  |  House  |  House Committees  |  House Committee Interim Charges & Reports  |  Joint Committees  |  Legislation  |  Legislative Branch  |  Lieutenant Governor  |  Senate  |  Senate Committee Interim Reports  |  Senate Standing Committees  |  Speaker of the House  |  Additional Resources


Helpful publications:

  • Topics for the 84th Legislature (House Research Organization. Focus report no. 84-1, December 18, 2014) [PDF, 16 pp.]
    • “This report highlights many, although by no means all, of the issues that the 84th Legislature may  consider during its 2015 regular session. The House Research Organization has addressed a number of these topics in Focus Reports and Interim News articles issued since the end of the regular session of the 83rd Legislature in 2013.”
  • Issues facing the 84th Texas Legislature (January 2015) (Senate Research Center) [PDF, 124 pp.]
  • Guide to Texas Legislative Information (March 2015) (Texas Legislative Council) [PDF, 73 pp.]
    • “The purpose of this publication is to help legislators, other state officials and employees, and interested citizens in researching the work of past legislatures and in tracking the progress of pending legislative measures during a session.”—Introduction, P. 1.
  • How a Bill Becomes Law: 84th Legislature (House Research Organization. Focus report no. 84-2, February 26, 2015) [PDF, 18 pp.]
  • How to Follow a Bill Through the Legislative Process (from Texas Legislature Online)
  • Legislative Lexicon (January 2015, Senate Research Center) [PDF, 28 pp.]
    • The legislature, like most organizations, has a specialized vocabulary which may prove to be confusing to those unfamiliar with the legislative process. The ability to understand and clearly communicate within the halls of the Capitol, its chambers, and its committee rooms can be crucial in determining a participant’s success in the legislative realm. The Senate Research Center offers this Legislative Lexicon to provide users with clear definitions of many of the words, terms, and phrases used in the legislature.
  • Texas Legislative Council Drafting Manual (January 2015) (via Texas Legislative Council) [PDF, 301 pp.]
    • This manual explains how legislative drafting is done by the staff of the Texas Legislative Council. Although it is primarily intended for use by the council staff for training and as a reference guide, other participants in the legislative process, including legislators and legislative staff members, may find it helpful in analyzing legislative documents.

Bill Tracking and Analysis

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  Budget and Appropriations

Helpful Publications:

Appropriations Bill(s)

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  Executive Branch

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  Legislative Branch

Helpful Publications

Texas House of Representatives

Helpful Publications and Research

  • Daily House Journals for the Regular Session
    • PDF and HTML versions of the daily proceedings in the House
    • Provided as an informational service only until the official permanent journal is published
  • How a Bill Becomes Law: 84th Legislature (House Research Organization. Focus report no. 84, February 26, 2015) [PDF, 18 pp.]
  • Bill Analyses (via House Research Organization)
    • Bill analyses prepared by the HRO reflect the version of the bill as it was reported by House committee and first considered by the House of Representatives. It does not reflect any subsequent changes or amendments made on the House floor or in the Senate.
  • Floor Report by Date (via House Research Organization)
    • Floor Reports are collections of bill analyses for bills scheduled on the daily House calendar for floor debate on a particular legislative day.
  • House Research Organization. [Click on All Publications, then the series, to retrieve the separate reports]
    • “Focus Reports” provide a thorough examination of particular issues, such as tort reform or electric utility deregulation. The Major Issues report summarizes significant legislation considered during each legislative session. Topics for the 84th Legislature can also be found in this section.
    • “Interim News” reports provide a brief review of topics of current interest and summaries of interim committee hearings.
    • “Constitutional Amendment” analyses provide a summary and arguments for and against ballot propositions submitted for voter approval.
    • “State Finance Reports” review the budget process and analyze the appropriations bill, focusing on policy issues related to various agency spending proposals.


Committee Information

 House Committees (84th Legislature)

(via House of Representatives web site)

 House Committee Interim Charges (84th Legislature)

House Committee Interim Reports (84th Legislature)

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Texas Senate

Helpful Publications and Research


Committee Information

 Senate Standing Committees (84th Legislature)
(via Senate web site)

  • List of committees composed of members of the Senate meet to consider and make recommendations concerning disposition of bills, resolutions, and other related matters referred to them. Committees are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and are organized according to subject matter.
  • Information includes: Chair, Vice Chair, and other members; Clerk’s name and phone number; Video/audio archives; and Interim charges; Reports; Budget and staff; and Interim Appointments.
  • Links from members’ names retrieve contact information, committee assignments, legislative information, district analyses and map, and press archives.

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Updated: May 2016 by Kimberly Wirth, Coordinator of Information Literacy/Research Librarian