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Texas Legislative History Research

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

Finding a Texas Statute Citation by Subject

To find a Texas Statutes citation by subject, you will need to look up the subject of the law that you are researching in the General Index to Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated (KFT 1230.5 V4 Z21).  The General Index is located at the very end of the Vernon's set and is arranged alphabetically into multiple volumes. Once you locate the subject that you are researching, you will find a citation to the statutes and/or codes.  Once you have this citation, proceed to the next section, Starting With a Citation to Vernon's.

Legislation from 1995 and later (74th Legislature and later) can be researched online via the Texas Legislature Online website.  Click on the "Search" tab at the top of the page to perform a subject search.  Once you locate the correct statutory provision, you will find the bill or resolution number.  Proceed to Step 2: Bill File.

Search Example: Using the General Index

Below is an image from the General Index to Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated.  As you can see in the enlarged text below, once you locate the subject that you are researching, you will find a citation to the statutes and/or codes.  In this case, the law on the Sunset Advisory Commission is located in section 325.003 of the Government Code.

Sample image from the General Index to Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated

Once you have this citation, proceed to the next section, Starting With a Citation to Vernon's.

Search Example: Searching Online

Legislation from 1995 and later (74th Legislature and later) can be researched online via the Texas Legislature Online website.  Click on the "Search" tab at the top of the page to perform a subject search. Since you are searching for a multi-word phrase -- Sunset Advisory Commission -- in this search example, you will want to use quotes around the phrase when searching.

Sample phrase search from the Texas Legislature Online website

As you can see, several options for your search phrase are returned in the results.  You will want to check all of the options to find the statute that you are looking for.  In this case, the Sunset Advisory Commission statute that you are searching for is located in the Sunset Law, which is the sixth result.

 

Sample image of search results from Texas Legislature Online search

The Sunset Law, Chapter 325 of the Government Code, will open in a new window.  Scroll down until you locate Section 325.025, which is the section on the Sunset Advisory Commission.

Sample image of text of Texas Government Code

Now that you have located the correct statutory provision, you will find the bill or resolution number at the end of the statutory section, which will allow you to skip ahead to Step 2: Bill File

Sample image of the end part of the statutory section, which provides the bill or resolution number

Proceed to Step 2: Bill File.