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Legislative Wrap-Ups, 87th Legislature

Following each legislative session in Texas, organizations, state agencies, and other entities publish "wrap-ups" summarizing new laws and key legislative developments in areas ranging from education to real estate to water conservation. Wrap-ups can range from a simple list of bills to a detailed report that includes background information and expert analysis.
 

The LRL tracks legislative wrap-ups, as we find them to be an excellent research tool and summary of the topics covered during a particular session. Listed below is a short selection. To find one on a topic that interests you, check the websites of organizations or state agencies that focus on the issue, or contact the library for assistance.

 

State Agencies

Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS)
87th Texas Legislature Sets Retirement Plan on Path to Solvency

 

Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC)
June 24 Open Meeting; Summary of the 87th Legislative Session

 

State Bar of Texas
The 87th Session: Overview

 

Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)

 

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)
Summaries of Selected Legislation Passed by the 87th Legislature, Regular Session

 

Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)

 

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

 

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)
87th Texas Legislature TDLR-Related Bills

 

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
87th Legislative Session: 2021

 

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Keeping Texas Connected: Summary of Enacted Transportation and General Government Legislation (87th Legislature, 2021)

 

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
Summary of Higher Education Legislation: 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session

 

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
Employment and Housing Laws Enacted During the 87th Legislature

 

 

Associations and Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas
Texas 2021 Legislative Session: What changed for Texans?

 

Equality Texas (EQTX)

 

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
87th Texas Legislature Regular Sesssion Wrap Up

 

Nonprofit Law and Policy Blog
87th Texas Legislature, 2021 Regular Session: Summary of Issues Affecting Nonprofit Organizations

 

Texas Association of Business (TAB)
87th Legislative Session Recap

 

Texas Association of Counties (TAC)
2021 Legislative Analysis Report: 87th Legislature, Regular Session

 

Texas CASA
87th Legislative Overview: CASA Funding & Passed Legislation

 

Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB)
The 87th Legislature and Maternal and Infant Health

 

Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA)

 

Texas Homeowners Association Law
Texas HOA Law - 2021 Legislative Update

 

Texas Hospital Association (THA)
Health Care and the 87th Texas Legislature: Outcomes for Hospitals

 

Texas Library Association (TLA)
Wrap up: Texas Legislative Session

 

Texas Medical Association (TMA)

 

Texas Municipal League (TML)

 

Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA)
2021 Texas Legislative Wrap-Up: 87th Texas Legislative Session

 

Texas Rural Water Association (TRWA)
Summary of 87th Legislative Session Bills that Impact the Texas Water Business

 

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA)

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, September 23

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Read about drought monitoring, policies, and research in the U.S. (Congressional Research Service, September 16, 2021)
  • Track obesity prevalence via maps. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 15, 2021)
  • Consider how likely people are to access news through social media. (Pew Research Center, September 20, 2021)
  • Explore how public transportation may affect health equity. (Health Affairs Health Policy Brief, July 2021)
  • Review new guidance related to applying for Coronavirus Capital Project Fund payments. (U.S. Department of the Treasury, September 20, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Final Bill Statistics, 87th 2nd C.S.

87th Legislature, 2nd Called Session Statistics

 

The following bill statistics were calculated on September 23, 2021.

 

  House Bills (HBs) &
House Joint Resolutions (HJRs)
Senate Bills (SBs) &
Senate Joint Resolutions (SJRs)
Filed 272 108
Reported out of committee 7 20
Passed by chamber of origin 5 17
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 4 15
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 4 13
Passed opposite chamber 4 11
Sent to governor (bills only) 4 10
Signed by the governor (bills only) 4 10

 

Finding Session Law Chapters

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 passed Act a chapter number. Following each legislative session, the Acts are arranged in chapter-number order and published as a bound set.

Session law chapter numbers are included in session law citations, which are listed after each section of code in the Texas statutes as a means to track the legislative history of a statute.

For example, Texas Government Code, Sec. 405.014. Acts of the Legislature, includes the following session law citations:

 
Note: For a thorough legislative history of a Texas statute, see the bound volumes of Vernon's Texas Codes and Statutes Annotated, which are available in the LRL's collection.
 

For a discussion and examples of various session law citations, see Chapter 7, Subchapter C, Section 7.64. Session Laws and Bills from the Texas Legislative Council Drafting Manual.


87th Legislative Session

The Secretary of State's Bills and Resolutions webpage lists the session law chapter assigned to each bill that is enacted into law.

For example, when looking at the list of House Bills from the 87th Regular Session, the first column with the heading "Bill," lists the bill numbers. The second column with the heading "Chapter," contains the corresponding chapter number.




For questions about bill/chapter numbers for bills from the 87th Regular Session, please contact the Secretary of State's office at (512) 463-5561.


1st — 87th Legislative Sessions

Session law chapter numbers for previous sessions are available online through the Legislative Archive System on the LRL's website.

To view the complete bill/session law chapter cross reference table for a session, use the "Search by session law chapter" option.
Select a legislative session in the drop-down menu and leave the chapter box blank, then click on "Search by chapter."

 

For example, the bill/chapter cross reference table for the 87th Regular Session lists the session law chapters, the corresponding bills, and the bill captions or bill subjects.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, September 16

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Explore information about uninsured children by state. (Center for Children & Families (CCF), ©2021)
  • Consider statistics that illustrate the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines. (The Heritage Foundation, August 12, 2021)
  • Find out how to hide your house on online mapping services such as Google Maps. (Lifehacker, September 2, 2021)
  • See when is the best time to view fall foliage in different parts of the country. (SmokyMountains.com, accessed September 15, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Interim Hearings – Week of September 13

Today's Committee Meetings on the LRL website is a calendar of interim committee hearings with links to agendas. Below are resources related to upcoming Interim Hearings.

 

September 13
House Committee on Redistricting
Topic: 2020 U.S. Census data

 

September 15
House Committee on Redistricting
Topic: 2020 U.S. Census data

 

September 18
House Committee on Redistricting
Topic: 2020 U.S. Census data

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, September 9

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Explore the affordable housing gallery by region of the state. (Texas Department of Housing & Community Development, accessed September 8, 2021)
  • Read about improving access to monoclonal antibody therapy. (Health Affairs blog, September 7, 2021)
  • Find resources related to preparing, planning for, and managing natural disasters. (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, August 31, 2021)
  • Consider the role of solar energy in the nation's power grids. (U.S. Department of Energy, September 8, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Interim Hearings – Week of September 7

Today's Committee Meetings on the LRL website is a calendar of interim committee hearings with links to agendas. Below are resources related to upcoming Interim Hearings.

 

September 7
Senate Special Committee on Redistricting
Topic: 2020 census data and the upcoming legislative redistricting process

 

September 8
House Committee on Redistricting
Topic: Public testimony regarding 2020 U.S. Census data, invited testimony from the State Demographer

 

Senate Special Committee on Redistricting
Topic: 2020 census data and the upcoming legislative redistricting process

 

September 9
House Committee on Redistricting
Topic: Public testimony regarding 2020 U.S. Census data

 

Senate Special Committee on Redistricting
Topic: 2020 census data and the upcoming legislative redistricting process

 

September 10
Senate Special Committee on Redistricting
Topic: 2020 census data and the upcoming legislative redistricting process

 

September 11
Senate Special Committee on Redistricting
Topic: 2020 census data and the upcoming legislative redistricting process

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, September 2

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Read a midyear report on consumer protection related to surprise medical bills. (Texas Department of Insurance, July 2021)
  • Track which school districts across the country are shutting down due to COVID-19. (District Administration, September 2, 2021)
  • See a list of governmental entities who are not in compliance with Executive Order GA-38. (Attorney General of Texas, updated September 1, 2021)
  • Review emergency license extensions due to COVID-19. (Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, accessed September 1, 2021)
  • Consider how much access data brokers have to consumer information. (Sanford School of Public Policy, ©2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.