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Texas Legislative History Research

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

Helpful Sources

**Please note: Lexis may not have complete historical references and notes for Texas legislation. Also, be careful to check coverage dates on each database that you use to determine how current the information is.


The following Lexis databases may be helpful when doing legislative history research:

Texas Legislative Bill History
This database provides helpful insight into the history of a bill, resolution, or other form of legislation. Available legislative history types are bill analyses, fiscal notes, and governor's messages. Coverage begins in 2003, and the database is updated within one day of publication.

TX Bill Tracking Reports
This database contains a summary and legislative chronology of Texas legislation. Changes made to bills during the legislative process are not reflected in the SYNOPSIS section of the bill tracking report. Consequently, the full text of the bill should be consulted and reviewed for any changes to the language of the bill. Coverage begins in 1989 and includes the current session.

TX Full-Text Bills
This database contains the full text of bills in the Texas state legislature. Coverage begins with 1991.

Texas Advanced Legislative Service
This database contains the full text of all laws enacted during a legislative session. The database offers complete coverage of the legislative sessions from 1987 through the most recent legislative session.

Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated
This database contains the statutory code from the Texas Statutes and Codes. These include all laws of a general and permanent nature, as enacted by the Texas Legislature.