The Kemp's ridley sea turtle, the official sea turtle
of Texas. Photo by USFWS Endangered Species.
During the 83rd Regular Session, lawmakers added four new official state symbols to the more than 60 state symbols that represent the Lone Star State. Pecan pie and peach cobbler became our official state pie and state cobbler, respectively, and pumpkin was designated the official state squash. The endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is now the official state sea turtle.
See the entire collection of state symbols on our Pinterest page, "State Symbols of Texas." For each symbol we included an image, as well as a link to the resolution that designated it. You can also visit the library and see an exhibit all about the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.
Did You Know? Male Kemp’s ridley sea turtles spend their entire lives at sea; the females come ashore only to lay eggs, and they do so in large, synchronized groups, an extraordinary phenomenon known in Spanish as arribada, meaning "arrival."
House and Senate Bills
|Sent to the Governor||1,437|
|Signed by the Governor||1,395|
|Signed by the Governor/line item veto||2|
|Vetoed by the Governor||26|
|Filed without the Governor's signature||14|
|Sent to the Comptroller||5|
|Filed with the Secretary of State||10|
|Sent to the Governor||176|
|Signed by the Governor||176|
Midnight, June 16 was the last day the governor could sign, veto, or allow to become law without his signature bills passed during the 83rd Regular Session. When the deadline had passed, the governor had vetoed 26 bills (not including the line-item vetoes on SB 1, the General Appropriations Act, and HB 1025, a supplemental appropriations bill), signed 1,573 bills and concurrent resolutions and filed 14 bills without his signature. Joint resolutions that passed both chambers of the Legislature were filed with the Secretary of State, and will be on the ballot for the November 5, 2013, general election.
Texas Constitution, Article IV, Section 14 states that if the governor vetoes a bill after the session has adjourned, he or she is required to give notice in the form of a proclamation. The library has compiled veto proclamations issued by Governor Perry for the 83rd Regular Session and made them available here.
The library reviews the text of all bills that become law to determine their effective dates, and enters the information into the Texas Legislature Online. To find the effective date of a bill, check the "Last action" field on the bill's main page. 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.
In addition to updating the Texas Legislature Online with effective date information, the library compiles a 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.
Signed copies of bills:
Bills that the Governor signed or allowed to become law without his signature are sent to the Secretary of State’s office, where they are made available online on the Bills and Resolutions page.
You can determine whether a bill sent to the Governor was signed or filed without signature by checking the bill in the Texas Legislature Online. If the bill passed but was filed without signature, you will see the action "Filed without the Governor's signature."
Session law chapter numbers:
The Secretary of State’s Bills and Resolutions page also lists the session law chapter number that is assigned to each bill that has become law. The session laws contain the text of all bills passed into law during a particular legislative session. Chapter numbers are used primarily for citing a bill in a legislative history annotation.
How many bills were filed? How many passed?
The Governor has twenty days after final adjournment to consider bills received in the final ten days (not counting Sundays) of the session. Sunday, June 16 is the last day the Governor can sign or veto legislation.