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Online sources for researching current Texas laws

Texas Statutes Online
The Texas Codes and Statutes from Texas Legislature Online. Current through the Regular Session of the 84th Legislature.
Texas Constitution
The Texas Constitution from Texas Legislature Online. Includes changes made by amendments approved by the voters through November 2015.
Texas Constitutional Amendments
Search for information about amendments (adopted, defeated, and proposed) to the Texas Constitution from 1879 - 2015. Search by legislative session or article.
Index to Sections Affected
Search for pending or recent legislation by statute.
Texas Legislature Online
Search for pending or recent legislation by a variety of means, including bill number, subject, author and text search.
Legislative Archive System
Provides easy access to online resources linked to a particular bill number. Results include links to scanned bill files, bill analyses, bill histories, and other documents.

Texas historical legal sources online

The Texas Constitution

Texas Constitutions 1824-1876
Since the adoption of the 1824 Federal Constitution of the United States of Mexico, Texas has been governed by constitutions. The Tarlton Law Library's Texas Constitutions Digitization Project makes these historical constitutions available online. The site features the 1824 Mexican Constitution, the Texas Declaration of Independence, the 1845 state constitution, the 1861 constitution seceding from the United States, the 1866 constitution rejoining the United States, and the 1866, 1869, and 1876 state constitutions.
The Constitution of the State of Texas: An Annotated and Comparative Analysis by George D. Braden et al., 1977.
Provides information about the history, development and meaning of the Texas Constitution, along with comparative commentary.

Historical statutes

Statutes by date, 2004 to present.
View statutes as they appeared on a given date between 2004 and the present.
Historical Texas Statutes
Texas statutes from 1879 through 1984, including the revisions of 1879, 1895, 1911, and 1925, and updates from 1928 through 1984.
Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure of 1856
The Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure adopted in 1856.

Session laws and other historical material

H.P.N. Gammel's The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897
A compilation of Texas legal materials from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth century. Includes material related to the colonization of Texas and the Republic of Texas, as well as General and Special Laws of Texas for the first through thirty-seventh Legislatures. The University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History allows users to browse or search the twenty-volume set.
A Digest of the Laws of Texas, 1866-1878
An unofficial compilation of Texas laws by George Paschal.
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