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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.

 

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Interim Hearings - Week of August 21

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.

 

August 22

House Committee on County Affairs

Topic: Implementation of SB 1849, 85th R.S., the Sandra Bland Act

Week in Review, August 17

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

  • Examine crime and violence in public schools. (National Center on Education Statistics, July 2017)
  • See how long it takes to leave major American cities during rush hour. (The Washington Post, August 11, 2017)
  • Consider the Fifth Circuit's decision on the recent defamation case Block v. New York Times. (Texas Lawyer, August 16, 2017)
  • Read about the ACA's cost-sharing reductions. (Congressional Budget Office, August 2017)

New & Noteworthy List for August 2017

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the five titles from our August 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. We Were Not Orphans: Stories from the Waco State Home
By Sherry Matthews
Investigates the treatment of thousands of children who resided at the Waco State Home, an institution that was established by the 36th Texas Legislature in 1919 for dependent and neglected children and operated from the 1920s through the 1970s. Shares the personal narratives from nearly sixty former residents, many of whom experienced terrible abuse. Discusses the harmful effects of a government-run facility that had inadequate public oversight and what it took to shut down the institution, which was meant to house and educate some of the most vulnerable children in Texas.
University of Texas Press, 2011. 220 pages.
362.732 M432W 2011


 

 

2. No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine
By Rachel Pearson
Narrates the author's experience training to be a doctor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston shortly after Hurricane Ike. Weaves personal anecdotes with clinical episodes and observations about the shortcomings of health care and physician training in Texas and in the United States.
W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. 260 pages.
362.1 P318N 2017


 

 

3. Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps
By Center for Texas Studies at TCU
Traces Texas history through color plates of 64 historic Texas maps ranging from the earliest sixteenth-century maps of New Spain, the Republic and statehood, and into the twenty-first century. Includes ten essays by noted historians that provide the historical context in which the maps should be viewed. Aims to promote the beauty of maps and to share the history presented by them with all those who seek a better understanding of the settlement and development of the State of Texas.
TCU Press, 2007. 120 pages.
911.764 T312G 2007


 

 

4. Historic Texas from the Air
By David Buisseret
Highlights through aerial photographs how the varied geography of Texas shaped the state's development and its people. Presents 73 historic sites as seen from the sky, accompanied by a description of each sites' historical background and significance. Complements with contemporary and historic photographs, vintage postcards, and maps.
University of Texas Press, 2009. 206 pages.
700 B868H 2009


 

 

5. Ten Years in Texas
By Jack White
Tells the story through historical fiction of the struggle leading up to the birth of the Republic of Texas and the ten years that followed until the Lone Star flag was replaced with the Union Stars and Stripes. Features such historical figures as General Sam Houston, Baron de Bastrop, David Crockett, and Santa Anna. Notes the author, Jack White, is also an Official Texas State Artist whose portrait of Sam Houston graces the book's cover.
BookSurge Publishing, 2007. 411 pages.
700 W584T 2007


 

 

6. The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for The Alamo -- and the Sacrifice that Forged a Nation
By James Donovan
Provides historical context, sketches of central characters, and an impressively researched re-telling of the 13-day Alamo siege, drawing on fresh primary sources. Examines contradictions in sources and provides the author's interpretation of whether Travis drew a line in the sand and whether David Crockett died in battle or was killed later. Includes a detailed notes section and an extensive bibliography.
Little, Brown and Co., 2012. 500 pages.
976.403 D719B 2012


 

 

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

 

Week in Review, August 10

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

  • Read about lead-contaminated water and how it affects children. (Health Affairs Blog, August 8, 2017)
  • Review policy options related to solar power. (National Conference of State Legislatures, August 7, 2017)
  • Consider whether the jobs gap that resulted from the Great Recession has closed. (Brookings, August 4, 2017)
  • Explore space weather. (NASA, accessed August 10, 2017)

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

 

Week in Review, August 3

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

  • Review an assessment of gang activity in Texas. (Texas Department of Public Safety, July 2017)
  • Read about bail in the context of federal criminal law. (Congressional Research Service, July 31, 2017)
  • See what's in your tap water. (Environmental Working Group, ©2017)
  • Examine Medicaid and Medicare coverage of telehealth services. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, July 20, 2017)

 

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)!

 

Week in Review, July 27

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

  • Consider the unexpected consequences of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on cities' panhandling laws. (Governing, July 25, 2017)
  • Examine the National Flood Insurance Program, up for renewal September 30, 2017. (Cato Institute, July 19, 2017)
  • Explore the political engagement of women since the presidential election. (Pew Research Center, July 20, 2017)
  • Compare results of the same keyword search across six legal research tools. (LLRX, July 20, 2017)
  • Review the many new types of data available to local governments for transportation and infrastructure planning. (Brookings, July 20, 2017)

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