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Sunset Commission Report, 2016-2017

The Sunset Commission’s last report of the 2016-2017 cycle, Final Results of Sunset Reviews, is now available on the Sunset Advisory Commission's website

 

A diagram of how the Sunset process works is available via the Sunset Advisory Commission's websiteClick here to see a list of the agencies under review for the 2018-2019 cycle. 

 

 

Cover image by Flickr user Nathan Eaton Jr.

Legislative Wrap-ups, 85th Legislature

Following each legislative session in Texas, organizations, state agencies, and other entities publish "wrap-ups" summarizing new laws and key legislative developments in areas ranging from agriculture to criminal justice to health care. Wrap-ups can range from a simple list of bills to a detailed report that includes background information and expert analysis.

 

The LRL tracks legislative wrap-ups as we find them to be an excellent research tool and summary of the topics covered during a particular session. Wrap-ups are a work in progress. Listed below is a short selection. To find one on a topic that interests you, check the websites of organizations or state agencies that focus on the issue, or contact the library for assistance.

 

State Agencies

Employees Retirement System of Texas

 

Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families

 

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

 

 

Texas Department of Information Resources
Technology Legislation

 

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Results of the 85th Texas Legislature for TDLR

 

Texas Department of Transportation

 

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

 

Texas Real Estate Commission

 

Associations and Organizations

National Alliance on Mental Illness
85th Texas Legislature Wrap-up

 

 

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts
Legislative Wrap Up

 

Texas Association of Community Colleges
85th Legislative Session

 

Texas Association of Counties
Legislative Highlights - 85th Regular Session

 

Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations (TCVO)

 

Texas District & County Attorneys Association
Legislative Updates

 

Texas Farm Bureau
Regular Session Wrap­-up

 

Texas Humane Legislation Network
2017 Legislative Session

 

 

Texas Public Employees Association
TPEA's Wrap-up of the Legislative Session

 

Bill Effective Dates, 85th Legislature

The Library has updated its effective dates for bills page for the 85th Legislature to include the 12 bills passed in the 85th 1st C.S. A few of those bills went into effect immediately; others will take effect throughout the remainder of 2017 and into later years.

 

On September 1, 2017, provisions of 673 bills passed during the regular session of the 85th Legislature will take effect.

 

Additionally, sections of bills passed during the 84th Legislature83rd Legislature, and 82nd 1st C.S. will take effect on September 1.

 

To keep up with new laws throughout the year, check the Library's list of bill effective dates.

 

Final Bill Statistics, 85th 1st C.S.

The Governor signed all of the bills that were sent to his desk. See how the numbers shaped up for this special session.

 

  House Bills (HB) & Joint Resolutions (HJR) Senate Bills (SB) & Joint Resolutions (SJR)
Filed  428 132
Reported out of committee 83 22
Passed by chamber of origin 33 21
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 11 12
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 7 11
Passed opposite chamber 6 7
Sent to the Governor (bills only) 6 6
Signed by the Governor (bills only) 6 6

 

  • View recent blog posts to see how these statistics have changed over the past few weeks and for more information about the legislative process.
  • These bills have not yet been assigned session law chapters. To learn more about session law chapter numbers and copies of signed bills, please read our blog post from June 5.

 

Cover image by Flickr user nateClicks.

Bill Statistics, August 14

These statistics were pulled on August 14 at 8:30 a.m. The numbers will continue to change as the special session progresses. 

 

  House Bills (HB) & Joint Resolutions (HJR) Senate Bills (SB) & Joint Resolutions (SJR)
Filed  427 132
Reported out of committee 83 22
Passed by chamber of origin 33 21
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 11 12
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 7 11
Passed opposite chamber 3 5
Sent to the Governor (bills only) 1 3
Signed by the Governor (bills only) 0 3

 

Bill Statistics, August 7

These statistics were pulled on August 7 at 1:30 p.m. The numbers will continue to change as the special session progresses. 

 

  House Bills (HB) & Joint Resolutions (HJR) Senate Bills (SB) & Joint Resolutions (SJR)
Filed  417 129
Reported out of committee 73 22
Passed by chamber of origin 23 20
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 4 10
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 0 4
Passed opposite chamber 0 0
Sent to the Governor (bills only) 0 0
Signed by the Governor (bills only) 0 0

 

Past Bill Statistics

Interested to know how the numbers for the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, compare to past Legislatures? Our bill statistics page goes all the way back to the 16th Legislature (1879)!

 

Bill Statistics, July 24

 

 

Bill statistics for the period of July 10, 2017 - July 23, 2017 are provided below. 

 

  House Bills (HB) & Joint Resolutions (HJR) Senate Bills (SB) & Joint Resolutions (SJR)
Filed  293 113
Reported out of committee 1 18
Passed by chamber of origin 0 2
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 0 0
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 0 0
Passed opposite chamber 0 0
Sent to the Governor (bills only) 0 0
Signed by the Governor (bills only) 0 0

 

For more information about special sessions, visit our Special Sessions of the Texas Legislature page.

Bill Effective Dates, 85th Legislature

On September 1, 2017, provisions of 673 bills passed during the regular session of the 85th Legislature will take effect.

 

Additionally, sections of bills passed during the 84th Legislature83rd Legislature, and 82nd 1st C.S. will take effect on September 1.

 

To keep up with new laws throughout the year, check the Library's list of bill effective dates.

 

Bill Statistics End-of-Session Comparison

Interested in how the final results of the 85th Legislature's regular session compares to the past few sessions? Use the charts below to compare and contrast.

 

To see past bill statistics and other session information, see previous blog posts on the legislative process.

 

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