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Bills in the News: E-cigarettes and Vaping

Bills in the News
In this occasional post, we feature topics receiving widespread media coverage, tips for finding bills filed during the 84th legislative session, and related resources.
 
Bills in the News: E-cigarettes and Vaping
 
Bill search
 
Search for bills related to e-cigarettes and vaping on the Texas Legislature Online:
 
Try the phrase "vapor product" with the Word/Phrase radio button selected.
 

Much of the proposed legislation relating to e-cigarettes and vapor products, such as liquid substances containing nicotine, would amend current law related to cigarettes and other tobacco products. Try searching for bills with the subject "Tobacco Products."

Resources

Week in Review, March 26th

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

Week in Review, March 19th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Find contact information for legislative staff of the 84th Legislature. (House Research Organization, 2015)
  • Consider how education systems affect creativity in students. (TED Talks, accessed March 18, 2015)
  • Map unemployment by state. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2015)
  • Examine the federal debt limit. (Congressional Research Service, March 9, 2015)
 
 
 

Bill Filing Deadline Statistics

Friday marked the bill filing deadline for the 84th Regular Session. When the deadline had passed, a total of 6,305 bills and joint resolutions had been filed. How does this compare to previous sessions?
 

Week in Review, March 12th

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

Week in Review, March 5th

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

Bill Statistics at the 45th Day of Session

Yesterday marked the 45th day of the 84th Regular Session. That means we're 3/4 of the way to the 60-day bill filing deadline, which is Friday, March 13, 2015. For those who are curious, here is a look at bill statistics in comparison to a similar period last session.
 
Bills and Joint Resolutions
83rd Regular Session
(Nov. 12, 2012-Feb. 21, 2013)
84th Regular Session
(Nov. 10, 2014-Feb. 26, 2015)
House filed 1,733 2,057
Senate filed 743 834
Total filed 2,476 2,891
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
 

Week in Review, February 26th

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

Week in Review, February 19th

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

Generations in the Texas Legislature

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.

 
 

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