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Dates of Interest for the 86th Regular Session

What are the key deadlines for the 86th Regular Session? Official deadlines will be set when the House and Senate adopt their rules, but until then, the Texas Legislative Council Drafting Manual provides a perpetual calendar (shown below) that can be useful. According to the Manual:


1st day of session: January 8, 2019


60-day bill filing deadline: March 8, 2019


Adjournment sine die: May 27, 2019


Post-session 20-day deadline for governor to sign or veto: June 16, 2019


Effective date (91st day after adjournment): August 26, 2019


  Table can be viewed in the Texas Legislative Council Drafting Manual


Other upcoming dates of interest include:


July–August 2018: State agencies develop strategic plans and associated Legislative Appropriations Requests (LARs). These are submitted to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the Governor's Office of Budget, Planning, and Policy (GOBPP). View LAR submissions.


September–December 2018: Legislative Budget Board and the GOBPP hold hearings on each state agency’s strategic plan and LAR and prepare separate budget recommendations to be presented to the 86th Legislature (Texas Government Code §§ 322.007401.043–401.0445). See more budget deadlines in our timeline.


November 6, 2018: General election for federal, state, and county officers (Section 1, Article XVII, Texas ConstitutionTexas Election Code § 41.001).


November 12, 2018: Bill prefiling begins (House Rule 8, Sec. 7 and Senate Rule 7.04(a)).