Legislative Reference

Legislative reference publications are updated in the interim before a new legislative session begins. Most online publications are in PDF format. Limited numbers of additional copies of publications, when available in hard copy format, may be requested by contacting document distribution and are available for viewing in the Legislative Reference Library.

Procedures Manual for Joint Committees

Procedures governing the financial, administrative, and logistical operations of joint committees. (85th Legislature)

A compilation of legislative drafting guidelines covering such topics as bill format and content requirements, germaneness, citations, and style and usage. (85th Legislature)

A brief guide to the side-by-side analyses produced on every bill changed by the opposite chamber. Includes a description of where to find a downloadable version of the analyses, how to use an analysis in conference committee work, and how to request a three-column side-by-side analysis for the conference committee report. (85th Legislature)

Information on requesting drafts subject to the bill filing deadline. (85th Legislature)

A discussion of requirements relating to publication of notice of intent to introduce a local or special bill and standards governing consideration of bills that are limited to a particular class of political subdivisions or geographic areas through use of population or another classification device. (85th Legislature)

Texas Legislative Manual

A manual containing the U.S. and Texas Constitutions; the senate and house rules of procedure; information on the membership of the two houses and their committees; and information on the officers and employees of the two houses. (85th Legislature)

Separate paperback volumes of the following sections of the manual also are produced:

Bill Process Flowchart: House | Senate

A list of deadlines related to the legislative process and references to House and Senate rules. (85th Legislature)

A directory of information sources and service providers related to the work of the Texas Legislature. (85th Legislature)

Definitions of terms related to the legislative process. (85th Legislature)

A brief explanation of how bills travel through the Texas Legislature, including committee and calendar procedures, and a discussion of what happens once bills are passed. (85th Legislature)

House Bill Analysis Preparation Tips

A guide to the content of a TLC bill analysis prepared for bills at the house committee stage of consideration, with tips on drafting the background and purpose section. The primary audience for this guide is house members and committees.

Reading Statutes and Bills

A primer on how to read and understand statutes and bills. (85th Legislature)