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Texas Legislative History Research

A guide to walk you through the process of compiling legislative history of Texas legislation

Step 1: Determine the Bill Number That Enacted the Statutory Language, and the Session Number

The path that you take to compile your legislative history depends on the amount of information that you already know about the bill that enacted the statutory language.  Choose one of the options below to start your research.

I Know the Subject of the Legislation

I Know the Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated or Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes Annotated Citation

I Know the Session Law Chapter Number

Nonsubstantive Revisions

The Texas Legislative Council is required by law (section 323.007 of the Texas Government Code) to carry out a complete nonsubstantive revision of the Texas statutes.  "The process involves reclassifying and rearranging the statutes in a more logical order," and does not change "the sense, meaning, or effect of the law."  For more information, see the Texas Legislative Council's Statutory Revision page.

If the bill's caption states that a revision, correction, or addition was "nonsubstantive," this means that the bill was part of the statutory revision program.  You will need to review the statute's Prior Laws and research an earlier bill to determine the legislative history.

The Legislative Reference Library of Texas has a timeline of Texas laws, past and present.