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Code of Criminal Procedure Research Guide

Image of scales of justice The library has created a new research guide that provides an overview of the 1965 revision of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.  Included in the guide is a timeline and overview of the revision process, an annotated list of legislation that lead to the enactment of the new Code of Criminal Procedure in 1965, links to previous versions of the Code, and documents available for each year of the revision process. The guide serves as an excellent resource for discovering materials in the library collection that are relevant to the Code of Criminal Procedure's revision, and may aid researchers in tracing the reasoning and intent of specific statutory language.  
 
This is the library's second such research guide; the first guide provided information relating to the Penal Code revision.

 

 
 

Week in Review, January 22nd

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Examine the state of Medicaid this year so far. (Kaiser Family Foundation, January 20, 2015)
  • Review transportation statistics. (U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, January 18, 2015)
  • Read about eyewitness identifications in criminal investigations. (The National Academies Press, 2014)
  • See how many goats there are in Texas and other states. (The Washington Post, January 12, 2015)
 
 

Week in Review, January 15th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Read about each state's gubernatorial inauguration plans. (The New York Times, January 3, 2015)
  • Examine the state of health care in Texas. (Code Red Task Force on Access to Health Care in Texas, 2015)
  • See how much each state relies on federal aid. (The Washington Post, January 9, 2015)
  • Explore how changing demographics are affecting the American electorate. (Center for American Progress, January 6, 2015)
 
 

New Governor Inauguration Exhibit

On January 20, Greg Abbott will be sworn in as Texas' 45th governor
 
Like his predecessors, he will deliver an inaugural address to a joint session of the House and Senate, and festivities will be held throughout the day to celebrate his inauguration.
 
To commemorate this event, the Library has prepared a new exhibit highlighting Greg Abbott's inaugural festivities, as well as those of former Texas governors Rick Perry, Ann Richards, and W. Lee 'Pappy' O'Daniel.  Many of the items featured in the exhibit can be seen in our online collection of gubernatorial inauguration materials.
 
A photo of the library's new exhibit featuring Texas gubernatorial inaugurations.
 
If you are interested in the work of past governors, the library's governor documents database is a good place to start. You can find things like:
  • State budgets that past governors have proposed.
  • Emergency matters that past governors have submitted to the Texas Legislature.
  • Speeches delivered by past governors, including State of the State speeches and inaugural addresses.
  • Executive orders of past governors.
  • Bills vetoed by past governors.
If you're looking for something specific and are unable to find it, the library can provide further assistance.  Please contact us at (512) 463-1252.
 
A view up Congress Avenue during the W. Lee 'Pappy' O'Daniel inauguration.

A photo from the exhibit showing Congress Avenue during the inauguration of W. Lee 'Pappy' O'Daniel in 1939.

 

New Interim Reports, Week of January 12th

We recently received interim reports from the following committees:
 
Business and Industry (added 1/15)
Corrections (added 1/15)
Energy Resources (added 1/15)
Natural Resources (added 1/15)
Transportation (added 1/15)
 
Prior to this, we received reports from:
 
 

Looking for another report? The LRL's Legislative Reports database contains interim committee charges, reports, and other substantive legislative studies published in the House and Senate Journals back to 1846. You may search by committee list, committee name, charge text, or subject.
 

New Legislative Desk Exhibit

The Library invites you to view its newest exhibit, "Legislative 'Desk' of Rep. Charles B. Metcalf - 1918." The exhibit displays what might have been found on the desk of Rep. Charles B. Metcalfe as he witnessed the passage of his historic bill on women's suffrage in primary elections. House Bill 105, 35th Legislature, 4th Called Session, was the first bill on woman's suffrage to pass the Texas Legislature. It was approved by the governor on March 26, 1918.

The display includes reprintings of the original House Bill 105; Metcalf family photographs; postcard scenes from the early decades of the 1900s in Tom Green County, Rep. Metcalfe's home district; and World War I posters, calendars, and a savings certificate. Also displayed are re-creations of stationery used by members of the Texas House of Representatives in 1918; desk supplies invoking the feel of the era; an original Capitol spitoon; an invitation based on a 1917 newspaper ad in the Corsicana Daily Sun, and a calling card utilizing designs from other political officials around the time period.

Photos in the exhibit were provided courtesty of the Tom Green County Historical Society Collection, West Texas Collection, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, as well as the State Preservation Board, Austin, Texas.

Rep. Charles B. Metcalf.
The library invites you to view its latest exhibit: Legislative Desk of Rep. Charles B. Metcalfe.
 

Week in Review, January 8th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Review state laws related to vaping products and minors' access to vaping products. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, December 12, 2014)
  • Examine education of immigrant children. (Harvard Graduate School of Education, December 11, 2014)
  • Consider the ubiquity of video cameras and their implications in recent jurisprudence. (LLRX.com, December 31, 2014)
  • Explore consumer issues related to communications. (Federal Communications Commission, accessed January 7, 2015)
 
 
 

Sunset Commission Meeting, January 14th

 

New Interim Reports

We recently received an interim report from the following committee:
 
 
In the month of December, we received reports from:
 
Review the Texas Lottery and Texas Lottery Commission

Looking for another report? The LRL's Legislative Reports database contains interim committee charges, reports, and other substantive legislative studies published in the House and Senate Journals back to 1846. You may search by committee list, committee name, charge text, or subject.
 
 

Bills Effective on January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, provisions of 6 bills passed during the 83rd Legislature took effect.  
 
To keep up with new laws throughout the year, check the Library's list of bill effective dates.
 

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