- Read about the new net neutrality rules. (Federal Communications Commission, February 26, 2015)
- See how many petroleum engineers there are in Texas. (Pew Charitable Trusts, March 2, 2015)
- Consider the rapidly dwindling numbers of monarch butterflies. (Good Magazine, February 10, 2015)
- Check out NASA's Image of the Day gallery. (NASA, accessed March 4, 2015)
LRL Home - Points of Interest
Bills and Joint Resolutions
83rd Regular Session
(Nov. 12, 2012-Feb. 21, 2013)
84th Regular Session
(Nov. 10, 2014-Feb. 26, 2015)
|House referred to committee||1,188||837|
|Senate referred to committee||588||721|
|Total referred to committee||1,776||1,558|
|House scheduled for hearing||30||25|
|Senate scheduled for hearing||82||24|
|Total scheduled for hearing||112||49|
|House reported out of committee||1||2|
|Senate reported out of committee||33||5|
|Total reported out of committee||34||7|
- Explore the major taxes of Texas. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, February 2015)
- See where Texas lands among states for well-being. (Gallup, February 19, 2015)
- Examine economic segregation in America's metro areas. (Martin Prosperity Institute, February 2015)
- Consider occupational hazards of public transportation. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 2015)
- Examine the effects of eliminating the Affordable Care Act's tax credits in federally-run marketplaces. (RAND, 2015)
- Review the outlook for the Texas economy. (Real Estate Center, Texas A&M University, February 2015)
- Consider the attorneys who may be arguing same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. (Keen News Services, February 17, 2015)
- Read about a federal judge temporarily blocking President Obama's executive order on immigration. (Jurist, February 17, 2015)
A fun story came to us from Emily Richardson, a reading clerk in the Texas House. She recently discovered that her great grandfather, George E. Adams, served in the Texas Legislature during the 1940s. At the urging of one of her co-workers, she looked him up in the library's Texas Legislators: Past and Present database, and was pleasantly surprised to find not only information about his terms of service and committee appointments, but also a resolution honoring her grandmother (George's daughter) that mentioned Emily and her sister!
We love to hear stories like these, especially when they involve our Texas Legislators database. Librarians have worked on this database for more than a decade, compiling a wealth of information on current and former Texas Legislators. Need to know the committees on which a particular member served during the 55th Legislature? Or who represented Zavala County in 1995? Texas Legislators: Past and Present is your one-stop shop for this information, and, as Emily's story demonstrates, is great for looking up family members who served in the Texas Legislature. Thanks, Emily, for sharing your story!
George E. Adams served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1945 to 1947. He represented Brazos County.
Emily Richardson, great granddaughter of George E. Adams, and currently a Reading Clerk in the Texas House of Representatives.
- Explore immunization policy issues. (National Conference of State Legislatures, January 12, 2015)
- Consider rules related to former legislators becoming lobbyists. (National Conference of State Legislatures, January 6, 2015)
- Examine the border economy at the U.S.–Mexico border. (Wilson Center, February 2015)
- Find a tax return preparer. (Internal Revenue Service, February 5, 2015)
- Review tax systems in all 50 states. (Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, January 2015)
- Consider what women earned in 2013. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2014)
- Explore the Texas Economic Development Act (Chapter 313 of the Tax Code). (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, 2015)
- Examine child poverty. (Children's Defense Fund, ©2015)
- Read about the Cuban legal system. (Library of Congress, January 27, 2015)
Guide to Texas Legislative Information, prepared by the Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council for the 84th Legislature (2014).
"The purpose of this publication is to help legislators, other state officials and employees, and interested citizens in researching the work of past legislatures and in tracking the work of the current legislature."
"[This report] is intended to serve as a reference guide to issues facing the 84th Legislature. It is not a comprehensive list of issues, but rather an outline of broad categories and topics of concern that have arisen during the interim."
Research Spotlight: Legislative Lexicon, prepared by the Texas Senate Research Center (2015).
"[This publication] provides users with clear definitions of many of the words, terms, and phrases used in the Legislature."
Reading Statutes and Bills, prepared by the Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council (2014).
"The purpose of this publication is to provide a basic overview of Texas statutes and bills and tips for how best to read and understand them."
Topics for the 84th Legislature, by House Research Organization (2014).
"This report highlights many, although by no means all, of the issues the 84th Legislature may consider during its 2015 regular session."
- Track the Texas school finance case. (The Supreme Court of Texas Blog, January 23, 2015)
- Explore statistics on educational attainment. (U.S. Census Bureau, January 20, 2015)
- Examine exonerations in 2014. (The National Registry of Exonerations, January 27, 2015)
- Consider whether it is possible to archive the world wide web. (The New Yorker, January 26, 2015)
- Read about ways to respond to and to prevent social media cyber-vandalism. (U.S. General Services Administration, accessed January 28, 2015)