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The General and Special Laws of Texas

The General and Special Laws of Texas, often referred to as the "session laws," constitute a complete set of all bills passed into law by each session of the Texas Legislature. The Secretary of State assigns each Act a chapter number. Following each legislative session, the Acts are arranged in chapter-number order and are published as a bound set.

Available in the capitol complex only. = Available in the capitol complex only. Users outside the capitol complex may see a modified version.

Session laws online

  • Assigned session law chapter numbers – 86th Legislature.
    Session law chapter numbers assigned to bills passed into law by the 86th Legislature. Links to signed copies of bills as well.
  • HeinOnline Available in the capitol complex only.
    Scanned session laws from 1824 – 2017. Available only to users connected to the Texas Capitol Intranet. Click on the "Log in to HeinOnline" link to access. Contact the Library at 512-463-1252 if you require assistance.
  • Legislative Archive System
    Session laws from 1879 – 2017 are included in the Legislative Archive System. Look up a bill or session laws chapter, or view a complete list of session laws for a session.
  • Gammel's The Laws of Texas.
    Session laws from the 1st through the 45th Legislatures. The University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History allows users to browse or search the 33-volume set.

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