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Locating Bill Effective Dates on TLO

The library reviews the text of all bills that become law to determine their effective dates and enters the information into Texas Legislature Online (TLO). To find the effective date of a bill, look up the bill in TLO and check the "Last action" field in the history window. In some cases, different sections of a bill may have different effective dates, in which case additional remarks will be given to provide the information.

 

For House and Senate bills from the 85th Regular Session (2017), the two largest groupings are:

  • Effective immediately: 397
  • Effective on 9/1/17: 673

The library compiles a more detailed list of bills and their effective dates following each regular and called session. The list is made available on the library's website once it is complete.

Interim Hearings - Week of June 26

Interim Hearings - Week of June 26

Today's Committee Meetings on the LRL website is a calendar of interim committee hearings with links to agendas. Below are resources related to upcoming Interim Hearings.

 

June 27

House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs  (Fort Worth)

Topic: Encroachment on military installations

Week in Review, June 22

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.

  • Explore air quality by state. (American Lung Association, ©2017)
  • Get answers to some of your civil legal questions. (American Bar Association, ©2017)
  • Read about defibrillators in the workplace. (National Public Radio, June 19, 2017)
  • Review motor fuel tax revenue by state. (Governing, accessed June 21, 2017)

 

New & Noteworthy List for June 2017

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the six titles from our June 2017 New & Noteworthy list.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.

 

1. Shared State Legislation
By Council of State Governments’ Shared State Legislation Committee
Compiles draft legislation based on bills recently adopted in states on topics that address issues of national or regional significance. Highlights innovative state policies on a variety of topics including: birth certificates for transgender persons, regulation of vapor products, Convention of the States/faithful delegates, public access to body camera recordings, and accommodations for students certified for medical use marijuana. Addresses legislation from Texas that enacted the Border Prosecution Unit in 2015.
Council of State Governments, 2017. 168 pages.
Online at: http://www.csg.org/programs/policyprograms/SSL.aspx
340.072 C382S 2017


 

 

2. Tejano Tiger: Jose De Los Santos Benavides and the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1823-1891
By Jerry Thompson
Presents an in-depth study of Jose de los Santos Benavides, considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of Laredo, Texas. Traces his military and political career with the Republic of Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and finally in the State of Texas, where he became the highest ranking Tejano in the confederate army and later a member of the Texas Legislature. Describes his devotion to the Texas border (as the only Tejano in the Texas Legislature in 1879) and his tireless work to raise the economic and political status of the region. Concludes that with his unique status as a friend and confidant of two Mexican presidents, and his influence in the Texas Legislature, he was one of the single most influential individuals in the history of the border.
TCU Press, 2017. 412 pages.
976.4 T374T 2017


 

 

3. A Colony in a Nation
By Chris Hayes
Analyzes the realities of racial inequality in the justice system that still exist in America, even after the ostensible successes of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Contends that American criminal justice consists of two distinct systems: the Nation, where policing is practiced as expected in a democracy, and the Colony, where policing is practiced as one finds in an occupied land. Places police shootings and the ensuing protests in historical context with colonial America and its injustices that sparked the American Revolution. Asserts that mutual fear perpetuates separation between citizens of the Nation and the Colony. Discusses the possible models of a criminal justice system that considers not only victimization but also the costs of overly punitive policing and prosecution.
W. W. Norton & Company, 2017. 256 pages.
364.3 H326C 2017


 

 

4. Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson
By Jessica Brannon-Wranosky and Bruce A. Glasrud, editors.
Reexamines Governor James E. "Pa" Ferguson's impeachment, conviction, and removal from office, one hundred years after the events. Discusses the various forces leading to impeachment, including Ferguson's relationships with The University of Texas, women's suffrage, prohibition, and the Texas press. Describes the impact of the Ferguson impeachment on Texas and United States politics, and gathers contextualized primary source documents such as Ferguson's Texas Farm Tenant Law, annotated by scholars to allow a better understanding of the ideas and groups surrounding the impeachment of Ferguson.
Texas A & M University Press, 2017. 202 pages.
342.764 B735I 2017


 

 

5. Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan
By Patricia Bernstein
Explores the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s and the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully convict and jail Klan members, Texas district attorney Dan Moody. Describes the Georgetown case—a Klan assault on Ralph Burleson for a supposed illicit affair—and sets it in the national context of the Klan's crimes and power. Details Moody's rise following the trials to become Texas' youngest governor. Argues that the Georgetown trials were the beginning of the end for the Second Ku Klux Klan.
Texas A & M University Press, 2017. 368 pages.
322.4 B458T 2017


 

 

6. Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors
By George W. Bush
Highlights 66 service men and women who have served in the U.S. military since Sept. 11, 2001, through portraits painted by President George W. Bush. Chronicles these individuals' life stories, their paths that led to military service, and sacrifices weathered in providing that service.
Crown Publishers, 2017. 191 pages.
759.13 B963P 2017


 

 

Bill Statistics after Signing/Veto Period

June 18 was the last day the Governor could sign, veto, or allow to become law without his signature bills presented to him less than 10 days (not counting Sundays) prior to final adjournment of the 85th Regular Session.

 

The following bill statistics were calculated on June 20 at 8:15 a.m.

  • To see how these statistics have changed since last week, please view our blog post from June 12.
  • To learn about session law chapter numbers and copies of signed bills, please view our blog post from June 5.

 

House and Senate Bills
Filed 6,631
Sent to the Governor 1,211
Signed by the Governor 1,007
Signed by the Governor w/ line-item veto 1
Vetoed by the Governor 50
Filed without the Governor's signature 153
House and Senate Joint Resolutions
Filed 169
Filed with the Secretary of State 9
House and Senate Concurrent Resolutions
Filed 202
Filed with the Secretary of State 13
Sent to the Governor 84
Signed by the Governor 83
Vetoed by the Governor 0
Filed without the Governor's signature 1

 

Interim Hearings - Week of June 19

Interim Hearings - Week of June 19

Today's Committee Meetings on the LRL website is a calendar of interim committee hearings with links to agendas. Below are resources related to upcoming Interim Hearings.

 

June 19

House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs  (San Antonio)

Topic: Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and encroachment on military installations

 

Week in Review, June 15

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.

  • Explore a state-by-state map of how much rental homes cost. (National Low Income Housing Coalition, ©2017)
  • Examine the role the federal government plays in funding infrastructure. (The Manhattan Institute, June 7, 2017)
  • Consider the differences by state of TANF programs. (The Urban Institute, June 2017)
  • Review U.S. Department of Defense mission challenges. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, June 2017)
  • Read about a new Federal Highway Administration project. (Texas Transportation Institute, June 14, 2017)

 

Bill Statistics, Two Weeks after Sine Die

June 18 is the last day the Governor can sign, veto, or allow to become law without his signature bills presented to him less than 10 days (not counting Sundays) prior to final adjournment of the 85th Regular Session.

 

The following bill statistics were calculated on June 12 at 8:45 a.m. To see how these statistics have changed and other post-session information, see previous blog posts on the legislative process.

 

 

85th Legislature Statistics

House and Senate Bills
Filed 6,631
Sent to the Governor 1,211
Signed by the Governor 558
Vetoed by the Governor 0
Filed without the Governor's signature 46
House and Senate Joint Resolutions
Filed 169
Filed with the Secretary of State 9
House and Senate Concurrent Resolutions
Filed 202
Filed with the Secretary of State 13
Sent to the Governor 84
Signed by the Governor 43
Vetoed by the Governor 0

 

Week in Review, June 8

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.

  • Take a closer look at commuter traffic in the states. (Stateline, June 5, 2017)
  • Explore firearm laws by state. (Boston University School of Public Health, accessed June 7, 2017)
  • Consider how exercise affects your brain. (Outside, May 31, 2017)
  • Read about the immigration court system and the GAO's recommendations to improve it. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, June 1, 2017)
  • Examine redistricting litigation by state. (Brennan Center for Justice, June 5, 2017)

 

Special Session Resources

Seeking historical perspective on special sessions? The LRL website's section devoted to special sessions includes past special session dates, topics, links to statutory authority pertaining to special sessions, FAQ, and other resources.

 

 

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