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Texas Legislative History Research

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

Westlaw Databases for Texas Legislative History Research

** Please note:  You will want to be careful to check coverage dates on each database that you use to determine how current the information is.


Texas Legislative History [Database ID: TX-LH]
The Texas Legislative History database has documents related to laws passed by the state legislature including bill analyses, House and Senate Journals and governors' messages. If you would like to restrict your search to one type of document, use one of these related databases:

  • Texas Legislative History Reports [Database ID: TX-LH-REP] -- restricts searching to Texas bill analyses
  • Texas Legislative History Journals [Database ID: TX-LH-JRNLS] -- restricts searching to Texas legislative journals from the Texas House of Representatives and Senate
  • Texas Legislative History Messages [Database ID: TX-LH-MSG] -- restricts searching to messages from the Governor of Texas

Texas Bill Tracking [Database ID: TX-BILLTRK]
This database contains summaries and status information concerning current Texas legislation. Bills are tracked from their introduction throughout the legislative process. Each bill summary is a document. The database also contains a legislative session status calendar providing the latest information about session status, adjournment dates and action deadlines for all states.  Coverage includes all available bills from current (and recently-ended) legislative sessions. All regular and special legislative sessions are included. This database is updated daily.

Texas Bill Tracking - Full Text [Database ID: TX-BILLTXT]
This database contains the full text of all available bills (introduced, amended and enacted versions) from the current session of the Texas legislature. A document is a bill, resolution, or other legislative initiative.  Coverage includes all available bills from the current legislative session. This database is updated daily.

Texas Bill Tracking - Summaries and Full Text Combined [Database ID: TX-BILLS]
This is a "multibase" that combines TX-BILLTRK with TX-BILLTXT.  It
contains summary bill tracking materials (summary of bill and status information) for Texas, as well as the full text of all available bills (introduced, amended and enacted versions) from Texas. A document is a bill summary (tracking document) or full text bill.  Coverage includes all available bills from current legislative sessions. This database is updated daily.

Texas Legislative Service [Database ID: TX-LEGIS]
Typically contains Acts and resolutions proposing constitutional amendments passed by the current Texas Legislature; however, the database currently contains no documents until the 2011 Regular Session Laws become available.  The 2011 Regular Session of the 82nd legislature is scheduled to convene on January 11, 2011.

Texas Statutes - Annotated [Database ID: TX-ST-ANN]
This
database contains the Texas statutes, Constitution, and court rules. A document is an annotated section of the statutes, section of an article of the Constitution, or a court rule. Related print publications include Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated, Vernon's Texas Rules Annotated, and West's Texas Rules of Court Pamphlets.   

Texas Historical Legislative Service 1987-2009 [Database ID: TX-LEGIS-OLD]
This database contains
Acts and resolutions passed by the Texas Legislature. Coverage includes documents from the 1987 Regular Session of the 70th Legislature through the 2009 Regular Session and First Called Session of the 81st Legislature.  Coverage includes documents from the 1987 Regular Session of the 70th Legislature through the 2009 Regular Session and First Called Session of the 81st Legislature.