The Texas Legislature meets in regular session for 140 days in every odd-numbered year, in accordance with the Texas Constitution. The framers envisioned a citizen legislature that would adhere to the principles of limited government, meeting for a short period of time in order to pass a 2-year budget, consider legislative revisions and then go home to live and work under the laws they pass.

The governor has the authority to call the Legislature into a special session that can last no longer than 30 days. Only items specified by the governor may be considered in a special session.

Bill Tracking

Texas Legislature Online -www.capitol.state.tx.us

Texas Senate Online -www.senate.state.tx.us

Bill Status Hotline - 1-877-824-7038

E-mail notification - www.capitol.state.tx.us(click on My TLO)

Tips for Communicating With Legislators

Every office handles communication from citizens differently. Some offices do not accept e-mail. Some do not respond until after the legislative session. One rule is true throughout the Legislature. Legislative courtesy requires that each legislator be allowed to assist their own constituents. Translation: most likely you will only receive responses from the Senator and Representative who represent your area. However, if you simply want to drop a note of encouragement, you may contact any legislator in the following manner:

Texas State SenatorsThe Honorable (first, last)P.O. Box 12068Austin, TX 78711first.last@senate.state.tx.us

Texas State RepresentativesThe Honorable (first, last)P.O. Box 2910Austin, TX 78768first.last@house.state.tx.us

Tips for Communicating with Senator Nelson

Senator Nelson personally reads every e-mail, fax, letter and phone message that comes into her office. However, responses are prioritized for residents of Senate District 12 who request a response. Even though correspondence has doubled in each session in which she has served, Senator Nelson responds to all constituents. While some members do not accept e-mail due to the large amount of spam and form letters, Senator Nelson prefers e-mail correspondence because it is the quickest way to receive input from constituents. To ensure that your e-mail is given the highest degree of importance, please end every e-mail with your name, home address and identify yourself as a constituent in Senate District 12.

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