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About Legislative Committees

The Texas Legislature meets in regular session for 140 days in odd numbered years, and in special sessions as needed. The time between sessions, or interim, has traditionally been used to conduct in-depth studies of significant issues, to review the effectiveness of new legislation, and to develop legislative proposals for the following session.

Although any state agency can be ordered to conduct a study, this database focuses on those studies conducted by legislative committees. A legislative interim study begins with a charge, which describes the topic of study. Standing House and Senate committees may be assigned charges by the Speaker of the House or the Lieutenant Governor, by the passage of a simple resolution, or by the action of a committee chair. Special committees can also be created by the presiding officer of the House or the Senate or by simple resolution. Joint committees can be created and charged by by agreement of the presiding officers, concurrent resolution or by house or senate bill.

Some committees are specifically ordered to issue a written report; others are simply ordered to study or monitor an issue, and may choose not to issue a report.

About this database

The comprehensive collection of legislative reports available through this database includes reports from the 1st Legislature forward. Information from the most recent legislative session is added as it becomes available.

Reports are scanned from copies in the Legislative Reference Library collection. Every effort has been made to provide clean images; however, some reports have been in the Library collection for many years and show signs of use and wear.

Additional material from the library collection is noted in the database, but has not been scanned. Anyone may visit the Library on the second floor of the Capitol building to view hard copies of reports or supporting materials.

For more information, please call the Library at 463-1252.


Search for Reports

You can search for reports by Session, Subject, Committee Name, and Keyword. This search will return a list of reports that meet all the criteria you enter. This search will not locate information on a committee if the committee did not issue a report. Use Search Committee Charges or Browse Committee List to locate information on committees that did not issue reports.

Session

Interim reports ordered during one legislative session are submitted to the following Legislature. In this database, reports are listed by the Legislature that ordered a study rather than the Legislature that received the report.

Select a session to see all of the reports issued for a particular interim, or narrow your search by combining a session with a subject or keyword search.

Subject

Subject access is based on a predetermined list of subject terms. Librarians have assigned subject terms to each committee charge in the database. Enter the word or phrase you are looking for in the Subject field. If the words you enter do not match one of the assigned subject terms, the system will try to guide you to a valid term.

Committee Name

Enter all or part of a committee's name.

Keyword

Enter a word or phrase to locate reports with your term in the title or charge.

Search Committee Charges

Use this feature to search for committee charges by subject or keyword, regardless of whether a report was issued.