This post includes a list of guides published by Texas legislative agencies to assist you in following the legislative process. These guides will help you track and read a bill, understand the terminology used in the Texas Legislature, learn about issues facing the Legislature, and much more.

 

The Legislative Process in Texas, prepared by the Texas Legislative Council (2021).
Summarizes how legislation moves from introduced bill to signed law.

Reading Statutes and Bills, prepared by the Texas Legislative Council.
Presents a basic overview of Texas statutes and bills, as well as tips for reading and understanding them. (Now an online source; previously was available as a PDF.)

Texas Legislative Glossary, prepared by the Texas Legislative Council.
Defines terms related to the legislative process in Texas. (Now an online source; previously was available as a PDF.)

Research Spotlight: Legislative Lexicon, prepared by the Senate Research Center (2021).
Provides definitions of words, terms, and phrases used in the Legislature.

Writing the State Budget: 87th Legislature, prepared by the House Research Organization (2021).
Outlines the budget writing process in Texas and defines key terms.

Budget 101: A Guide to the Budget Process in Texas, prepared by the Senate Research Center (2021).
Explains how the budget is developed in Texas; designed for new staff or those unfamiliar with the budget process.

Topics for the 87th Legislature, prepared by the House Research Organization (2021).
Highlights many of the issues the 87th Legislature may consider during its 2021 regular session.

Guide to 2021 Redistricting, prepared by the Texas Legislative Council (2020).
Provides an introduction to issues and constraints affecting statewide redistricting following the 2020 decennial census.