Legislative Reference Library of Texas
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This guide provides information on sources available for legislative intent research for the Texas Penal Code as enacted in 1973. That enactment was the culmination of a substantial revision process conducted by the Texas Penal Code Revision Project, a collaborative effort of the Texas Bar Association and the Texas Legislative Council, from 1965 to 1973. This was the first full recodification since the Code's previous enactment in 1856.
The Legislative Reference Library holds many materials produced by the revision committee. Through these materials, it is often possible to trace the reasoning and intended meaning of specific text through the opinions of the committee members who met repeatedly to discuss each chapter. We provide nine categories of information below to direct your research. See Using this Guide for information about terminology and references to documents.
A list of documents related to the revision of the Penal Code is available from the library catalog. Please contact the library at 512-463-1252 for information on these resources.
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