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House & Senate Rules and Precedents

The following links provide access to the rules of the Texas House and Senate, Congressional precedents, and information about other important sources.

Rules of the Texas Legislature   |   Congressional Rules and Precedents   |   Manuals of Parliamentary Procedure

Rules of the Texas Legislature

Current Rules

Rules and Precedents of the Texas House, 84th Legislature

Senate Rules adopted by the 84th Legislature

Historic Rules of the Texas Legislature

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Sources include the Texas Legislative Manual, the House and Senate Journals, and rule documents published by the House or the Senate. For information on rule amendments during the course of a legislative session, see the House and Senate Journals.

Historical Rules of the Congress of the Republic of Texas

Standing rules for conducting business in the House of Representatives of the Republic of Texas. 1838.
Standing rules for conducting business in the House of Representatives of the Republic of Texas. 1843.

Congressional Rules and Precedents

Congressional Precedents and Rules are available online through the U.S. Government Printing Office's GPO Access web site.

House of Representatives

House Rules and Manual
Includes the rules of the United States House of Representatives, the United States Constitution, and selected provisions from Thomas Jefferson's Manual of Parliamentary Practice.
House Practice
The House Practice: A Guide to the Rules, Precedents and Procedures of the House is a guide to the rules and precedents governing the operation of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hinds' Precedents
Compilation of the precedents of the United States House of Representatives, from the First Congress through 1907. Compiled by Asher C. Hinds, Clerk at the Speaker's Table of the U.S. House of Representatives and published in 1907.
Cannon's Precedents
Compilation of the precedents of the United States House of Representatives, from the 1908 through 1935. Compiled by Clarence Cannon, Clerk at the Speaker's Table of the U.S. House of Representatives and published in 1936.
Deschler's Precedents
Compilation of the precedents of the United States House of Representatives, from the 1936 through 1986. The first nine volumes were prepared by House Parliamentarian Lewis Deschler. Later volumes were compiled by Parliamentarian Emeritus William Holmes Brown and are called Deschler-Brown Precedents.

Senate

Senate Manual
Contains the Senate rules and related material, as well as copies of historical U.S. documents.
Riddick's Senate Procedure
Guide to practices and precedents of the U.S. Senate.

Manuals of Parliamentary Procedure

Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure
Manual of parliamentary procedure originally authored by Paul Mason, former Secretary of the California Senate. It is now produced by the National Conference of State Legislatures in cooperation with the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries. Mason's Manual is designed specifically to address the needs and concerns of state legislative bodies.
Robert's Rules of Order
Handbook of parliamentary procedure intended for civic organizations. First published by Henry Martyn Robert in 1876 as Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies. The fourth edition, published in 1915, is available online. Currently in its tenth edition, Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised is available in the library.