LRL Home - Points of Interest
- Examine federal funding that goes to cities considered sanctuary cities. (Open the Books, February 2017)
- Read about the impact of arts education in Texas. (Texas Cultural Trust, 2017)
- Explore a hundred years of transportation in Texas. (Texas Department of Transportation, 2017)
- Consider policy proposals related to sexual orientation and gender identity. (The Heritage Foundation, February 13, 2017)
This post includes a list of guides published by Texas legislative agencies to assist you in following the legislative process. These guides will help you track and read a bill, understand the terminology used in the Texas Legislature, learn about issues facing the Legislature, and much more.
Texas Legislative Information and Resources, prepared by the Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council for the 85th Legislature (2017).
Identifies resources for locating information that is available about current and past legislation.
Research Spotlight: Legislative Lexicon, prepared by the Texas Senate Research Center (2017).
Provides definitions of words, terms, and phrases used in the Legislature.
Reading Statutes and Bills, prepared by the Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council (2017).
Presents a basic overview of Texas statutes and bills, as well as tips for reading and understanding them.
Topics for the 85th Legislature, by House Research Organization (2016).
Highlights many of the issues the 85th Legislature may consider during its 2017 regular session.
Texas Legislative Glossary, prepared by the Texas Legislative Council for the 85th Legislature.
Defines terms related to the legislative process in Texas.
Issues Facing the 85th Texas Legislature, prepared by the Texas Senate Research Center (2017).
Outlines broad categories and topics of interest for the 85th Legislature.
Legislative HistoryThe monument has a legislative history that goes back over 25 years. In 1991, Sen. Rodney Ellis and Rep. Al Edwards passed SCR 49, 72R, directing the State Preservation Board to explore opportunities to revere and honor some of the outstanding historical figures from all ethnic cultures with regard to new monuments on the Capitol grounds. In the following session in 1993, Ellis and Rep. Garnet Coleman passed SCR 97, 73R, directing the State Preservation Board to include in its long-range master plan for the Capitol grounds a permanent monument in tribute to African American and Mexican American Texans.
• HB 1865, 76R, by Edwards and Sen. Royce West, Relating to the operations of the Texas Emancipation Juneteenth Cultural and Historical Commission.
• HB 1368, 76R, by Edwards and Sen. Chris Harris, Relating to the site of the Emancipation Juneteenth memorial monument.
• HCR 176, 81R, by Edwards and Sen. Tommy Williams, Expressing continued support for the establishment of a Juneteenth memorial monument on the grounds of the State Capitol at the location previously approved by the State Preservation Board.
- Examine the quality of education in each state. (American Legislative Exchange Council, January 24, 2017)
- Consider the relationship between workforce health and productivity. (Health Affairs, February 2017)
- Explore school choice resources. (National Conference of State Legislatures, February 3, 2017)
- Review the economic value of public libraries in Texas. (IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin, February 3, 2017)
- Read about the economic impact of human trafficking in Texas. (Bureau of Business Research at The University of Texas at Austin, December 2016)
- Transportation Network Company (TNC) Legislation, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, ©2016
- "Driving Safety: An Empirical Analysis of Ridesharing's Impact on Drunk Driving and Alcohol-Related Crime," Frank Martin Buck, November 17, 2016
- "Houston changes rules, keeps Uber through Super Bowl," The Houston Chronicle, December 14, 2016
- "Texas Lawmakers Learn Details of Ride-Hailing Laws in Several Other States," Texas Tribune, August 30, 2016
- "Lawmakers Put Pedal to Metal to Deal with Ride-Sharing," National Conference of State Legislatures, February 19, 2016
- Examine Governor Greg Abbott's proposed budget for 2018-2019. (Office of the Governor, January 2017)
- Review Texas education statistics in brief. (Texas Education Agency, January 2017)
- Read about how Texas is adapting to the changing workforce environment. (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, December 2016)
- Explore data security laws by state. (National Conference of State Legislatures, January 16, 2017)
The screen in the House Chamber displays a welcome message to the members of the House and Senate gathered to hear the governor's message.