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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.

Nonsubstantive Revisions

As you work through step 1 to determine the bill and session numbers (or year) of the legislation that enacted the statutory language, keep in mind that Texas statutes have undergone a nonsubstantive revision. The Texas Legislative Council (TLC) is required by law (section 323.007 of the Texas Government Code) to carry out a complete nonsubstantive revision of the Texas statutes. The TLC explains that "[T]he process involves reclassifying and rearranging the statutes in a more logical order." (For more information, see the TLC's Code Projects page. The Legislative Reference Library of Texas also provides statutory revision documents related to the initial adoption of codes and code sections.)

If a bill's caption states that a revision, correction, or addition was "nonsubstantive," this means that the bill was part of the statutory revision program and you will need to research a different bill to determine legislative history.