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Texas Legislative History Research

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

House Floor Debates and Committee Hearings

2001 - present: House audio and video archives are available from the Video/Audio section of the House website. 

1973 - 2001: Audio tapes may be obtained from the office below.

House Tapes from the 63rd Legislature (1973) - present are available at:
John H. Reagan Building, Room 330
105 W. 15th Street
Austin, Texas  78701
(512) 463-0920
(512) 463-5729 (fax)

Note: Requests must be made in advance, in writing

Senate Floor Debates and Committee Hearings

Online:

Hard Copies:

Senate tapes from the 62nd Legislature, 4th Called Session (1972) through the 79th Legislature (2006)
Texas State Library Reference, Room 300
Lorenzo De Zavala Library and Archives Building
1201 Brazos Street
Austin, Texas  78701
(512) 463-5455


Senate tapes from the last three legislative sessions
Senate Staff Services, Sam Houston Building, Room 175
201 East 14th Street
Austin, Texas  78701
(512) 463-0430

Audio Recordings of Debates & Hearings

During the 63rd Legislative session (1973), the Legislature began making audio recordings of public hearings held by committees and the floor debates in the House and the Senate. Because transcripts of committee meetings are seldom produced, audio recordings are often the best source of information on legislative intent. If any transcripts are available, which is rare, they will be housed with the tapes in the media offices.

To listen to or order these tapes, you will need the following from the bill history:

  • The names of the House and/or Senate committees to which the bill was referred,
  • The dates on which the bill was considered by committee or subcommittee in public hearings, and
  • The dates of the bill's second and third readings in the House and/or the Senate.

Formal meetings are not routinely audio taped, but you may contact House and Senate Media to determine if a tape of a formal meeting exists.