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78th 1st Called Session
June 30, 2003 - July 28, 2003

Leadership

Governor: Rick Perry -  Vetoes

Lieutenant Governor: David Dewhurst

Speaker(s) of the House: Tom Craddick  - (Proclamations)

Special Session Topics

 Proclamations

  • For the purpose of considering congressional redistricting. [Mon Jun 23, 2003]
  • Appropriating fees established by legislation during the regular session that remain unappropriated. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Creating a study on private prisons. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Designating the Texas Department of Public Safety as the agency to establish school bus safety standards. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Directing the Texas Coordinating Board for Higher Education to review the organization and operation of each university system office. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Modifying the Governor’s budget authority. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Modifying the organizational pattern of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Modifying the scope and function of the State Office of Risk Management. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Permitting the Governor to designate the presiding officers for executive branch agencies. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Permitting the Legislative Budget Board to meet by teleconference. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Permitting the reorganization of legislative support agencies and offices. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to a modification in the qualifications for membership on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to a modification in the qualifications for membership on the Texas Veterans Commission. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to a modification in the qualifications for the Commissioner of Insurance. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to a reconstitution of the membership of the Texas Building and Procurement Commission. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to a transfer in the oversight of Regional Planning Commissions to the State Auditor’s Office. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to civil claims involving exposure to asbestos. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to corrections to HB 3588 from the just completed regular session concerning transportation and trauma issues. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to legislative and executive branch working papers on the budget. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to the abandonment of proceeds on demutualization. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to the abolition of the Office of State-Federal Relations and transferring its functions to the Governor’s Office. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to the abolition of the State Aircraft Pooling Board. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to the abolition of the Texas Commission on Private Security. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to the procedures followed in condemnation proceeding in a county civil court at law in Harris County. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Streamlining the environmental permitting and regulation process in Texas for competitiveness with other states. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • To provide for one uniform day for canvassing elections for the general election for state and county officers and for all other local elections. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • To provide one uniform deadline for receiving late ballots for all elections and one uniform time period for the ballot board to convene to count late mail ballots. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • To re-establish the first Saturday in May as the May uniform election date. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • To re-establish the runoff primary election date to the second Tuesday in April. [Tue Jul 1, 2003]
  • Relating to making an appropriation for the purpose of returning to a fund outside of the state treasury cash that was transferred from the fund to the general revenue fund [Thu Jul 10, 2003]

Journals

The House Journal and Senate Journal for the 78th 1st Called Session are available online.

Rules
House Rules (78th R.S.)
Senate Rules (78th R.S.)

Bill statistics for the 78th Legislature, 1st C.S.

Status HB HCR HJR HR SB SCR SJR SR Total
HB & SB
Total
Filed 126 21 2 190 55 5 5 128 181 532
Passed 4 7 0 185 0 2 0 128 4* 326
Vetoed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

*Although four bills were reported enrolled during the 78th Legislature, 1st called session, other Constitutional requirements were not completed for three of them before final adjournment on 7/28/03.