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Dates of Interest for the 88th Regular Session

What are the key legislative dates and deadlines for the upcoming 88th Regular Session? Most official deadlines will be set when the House and Senate adopt rules after session begins, but until then, take a look at the date and deadline provisions listed below that are already available in the Texas Constitution and Statutes, the House and Senate Rules, and the perpetual calendar in the Texas Legislative Council Drafting Manual.


Legislative Dates and Deadlines:

Tuesday, November 8, 2022: General election for federal, state, and county officers. [Texas Election Code, Section 41.001]

Monday, November 14, 2022: Bill prefiling begins. [House Rule 8, Section 7 and Senate Rule 7.04]

Tuesday, January 10, 2023: 88th Legislature convenes at noon. [Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 5; Texas Government Code, Section 301.001]

Friday, March 10, 2023: 60-day bill filing deadline. [Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 5]

Monday, May 29, 2023: Adjournment sine die. [Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 24]

Sunday, June 18, 2023: Post-session 20-day deadline for Governor to sign or veto. [Texas Constitution, Article IV, Section 14]

Effective Dates: Time of Taking Effect of Laws. [Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 39]


Table can also be viewed in the Texas Legislative Council Drafting Manual.


Important legislative dates and deadlines are also listed in the publications Dates of Interest and Deadlines for Action Under House & Senate Rules (End of Session Deadlines), which are published each session by the Texas Legislative Council (TLC). These publications are available on the Texas Legislature Online homepage in the Legislative Process section and will be updated as the 88th Regular Session progresses.

The Library provides access to these publications, including ones from previous sessions, on our Texas Legislative Session Deadlines Calendar page.


As of today, October 12, 2022, there are:

  • 27 days until the general election on November 8, 2022
  • 33 days until bill prefiling begins on November 14, 2022
  • 90 days until the first day of the 88th Legislature on January 10, 2023