Guide to the 85th Texas Legislature

December 23, 2016

GUIDE TO THE 85TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE
In one week, the Texas Legislature will gavel in for our  85th Regular Session, which lasts for 140 days, in accordance with the Texas Constitution that calls for a citizen legislature to meet every odd-numbered year. We will pass a two-year budget, consider policy changes and then go home to live under the laws we pass. The framers wanted limited government, and that is why Texas is one of just four states to meet biennially. Here is a handy guide to follow for the upcoming legislative session.
Key 2017 Dates
January 10 - Legislature convenes
March 10 - Deadline for filing bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations and bills declared an emergency by the governor
May 29 - Legislature adjourns
June 18 - Last day governor can sign, veto or allow bills to become law without signature
August 28 - Date that bills without specific effective dates become law
Keep Up With The Legislature
Texas Legislature Online - www.capitol.state.tx.us
Texas Senate Online - www.senate.state.tx.us
E-mail notification - www.capitol.state.tx.us (click on My TLO)
Bill Flowchart-                       www.tlc.texas.gov/docs/legref/gtli.pdf#page=19
Texas Legislature By The Numbers 
Description House
Members Senate
Members Total
Gender 
Male 120 23 143
Female 28 8 36
Total 148 31 179
Party affiliation 
Democrat 51 11 62
Republican 97 20 117
Total 148 31 179
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The Texas Legislature reconvenes on January 10, 2017 for its 85th Regular Session.  The session will last for 140 days in accordance with the Texas Constitution, which calls for a citizen legislature to meet every odd-numbered year, pass a budget and then go home to live under the laws they pass.  Below are some key dates and resources to help you follow all the action at the State Capitol this session.

Key 2017 Dates

January 10 -     Legislature convenes

March 10 -       Deadline for filing bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations and bills declared an emergency by the Governor   

May 29 -          Legislature adjourns

June 18 -         Last day governor can sign, veto or allow bills to become law without signature

August 28 -     Date that bills without specific effective dates become law

 

Keep Up With The Legislature

Texas Legislature Online -      www.capitol.texas.gov

Texas Senate Online -             www.senate.texas.gov

E-mail notification -                www.capitol.texas.gov (click on My TLO)

Bill Flowchart-                       www.tlc.texas.gov/docs/legref/gtli.pdf#page=19

 

Texas Legislature By The Numbers

Description

House
Members

Senate
Members

Total

Gender

Male

120

23

143

Female

28

8

36

Total

148

31

179

Party affiliation

Democrat

51

11

62

Republican

97

20

117

Total

148

31

179

Keep Up With Senator Nelson

Sign Up For Capitol Digest -   www.janenelson.org/enews_signup

Like On Facebook -                www.facebook.com/SenatorJaneNelson

Follow On Twitter -                @SenJaneNelson