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Bill Statistics & Upcoming Deadlines, May 10

As the 87th Legislature draws to a close, a series of end-of-session deadlines begin to take effect. Below is a list of deadlines that occur next week:

  • Wednesday, May 19: Deadline for the House to distribute its last House Local and Consent Calendar with local House bills (HBs).
  • Friday, May 21: Last day for the House to consider local House bills on second and third reading.
    First day the Senate can consider bills and resolutions the first day they are posted on the Senate Notice of Intent Calendar.
  • Saturday, May 22: Last day for House committees to report Senate bills (SBs) and Senate joint resolutions (SJRs).
  • Sunday, May 23: Deadline for the House to distribute its last House Daily Calendar with Senate bills and Senate joint resolutions.

House and Senate calendars are available on the Texas Legislature Online.

 

Bill statistics for the period of November 9, 2020 — May 7, 2021, are below.

  House Bills (HBs) &
House Joint Resolutions (HJRs)
Senate Bills (SBs) &
Senate Joint Resolutions (SJRs)
Filed 4,834 2,309
Reported out of committee

1,917

697
Passed by chamber of origin 776 618
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 364 599
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 89 321
Passed opposite chamber 45 45
Signed by the Governor 1 2

Bill Statistics & Upcoming Deadlines, May 3

As the 87th Legislature draws to a close, a series of end-of-session deadlines begin to take effect. Below is a list of deadlines that occur next week:

  • Monday, May 10: Last day for House committees to report House bills (HBs) and House joint resolutions (HJRs).
  • Tuesday, May 11: Deadline for the House to distribute the last House Daily Calendar with House bills and House joint resolutions.
  • Wednesday, May 12: Deadline for the House to distribute the last House Local and Consent Calendar with consent House bills.
  • Thursday, May 13: Last day for the House to consider House bills and House joint resolutions on second reading on the House Daily or Supplemental Calendar.
  • Friday, May 14: Last day for the House to consider consent House bills on second and third reading and all third reading House bills or House joint resolutions on the House Supplemental Calendar.

House and Senate calendars are available on the Texas Legislature Online.

 

Bill statistics for the period of November 9, 2020 — April 30, 2021, are below.

  House Bills (HBs) &
House Joint Resolutions (HJRs)
Senate Bills (SBs) &
Senate Joint Resolutions (SJRs)
Filed 4,828 2,296
Reported out of committee

1,789

670
Passed by chamber of origin 617 549
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 178 432
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 44 150
Passed opposite chamber 36 19
Signed by the Governor 1 2

Bill Filing Deadline Statistics, 87th Legislature

Friday, March 12th marked the 60-day bill filing deadline for the 87th Regular Session. When the deadline had passed, a total of 6,919 bills and joint resolutions had been filed. How does this compare to previous sessions?

 

Bills and Joint Resolutions 86th Regular Session
(Nov. 12, 2018 — March 8, 2019)
87th Regular Session
(Nov. 9, 2020 — March 12, 2021)
House filed 4,773 4,728
Senate filed 2,508 2,191
Total filed 7,281 6,919
House referred to committee 2,481 1,979
Senate referred to committee 1,380 1,001
Total referred to committee 3,861 2,980
House scheduled for hearing 230 100
Senate scheduled for hearing 79 17
Total scheduled for hearing 309 117
House reported out of committee 40 9
Senate reported out of committee 32 2
Total reported out of committee 72 11

Prefiling Statistics, 87th Regular Session

In Texas, the Rules of the House of Representatives of the State of Texas (Rule 8, Section 7) and the Senate Rules (Rule 7.04(a)) allow legislators to prefile bills "beginning the first Monday after the general election preceding the next regular legislative session."

 

Prefiling for the 87th Texas Legislature began on Monday, November 9, the first Monday after the general election on Tuesday, November 3. On November 9, a total of 541 bills and joint resolutions were filed in the House and Senate.

 

The following are the number of bills and joint resolutions prefiled during the first week of the 87th Regular Session:

87th Regular Session – Prefiled Bills and Joint Resolutions
(11/09/2020–11/13/2020)
HB/HJR 576
SB/SJR 169
Total 745

 

How do these numbers compare to previous sessions? The following are the number of bills and joint resolutions filed during the first week of the last four regular sessions:

86th Regular Session – Prefiled Bills and Joint Resolutions
(11/12/2018–11/16/2018)
HB/HJR 382
SB/SJR 184
Total 566

 

85th Regular Session – Prefiled Bills and Joint Resolutions
(11/14/2016–11/18/2016)
HB/HJR 389
SB/SJR 239
Total 628

 

84th Regular Session – Prefiled Bills and Joint Resolutions
(11/10/2014–11/14/2014)
HB/HJR 282
SB/SJR 172
Total 454

 

83rd Regular Session – Prefiled Bills and Joint Resolutions
(11/12/2012-11/16/2012)
HB/HJR 203
SB/SJR 106
Total 309

Chart comparing the number of bills and joint resolutions filed during the first week of prefiling from the past five legislative sessions.

For a general overview of bill prefiling, see our previous blog post, Bill Prefiling FAQs.

Research Minute: Finding Past Bill Statistics

Interested to know how the numbers for the 86th Legislature, Regular Session, compare to past Legislatures? Our bill statistics page goes all the way back to the 16th Legislature (1879)!

 

 

End-of-Session Comparison, 86th Legislature

Interested in how the final results of the 86th Legislature's regular session compares to the past few sessions? See the charts below to compare and contrast.

 

To see past bill statistics and other session information, see previous blog posts on the legislative process.

 

Bill Statistics after Signing/Veto Period, 86th Legislature

Sunday, June 16 was the last day the Governor could sign, veto, or allow to become law without his signature bills presented to him less than 10 days (not counting Sundays) prior to final adjournment of the 86th Regular Session.

 

The following bill statistics were calculated on June 17 at 1 p.m.

  • To see how these statistics have changed since last week, please view our blog post from June 12 and June 10.
  • To learn about session law chapter numbers and copies of signed bills, please view our blog post from June 5.

 

House and Senate Bills
Filed 7,324
Sent to the Governor 1,429
Signed by the Governor 1,229
Vetoed by the Governor 56
Filed without the Governor's signature 144
House and Senate Joint Resolutions
Filed 217
Filed with the Secretary of State 10
House and Senate Concurrent Resolutions
Filed 254
Filed with the Secretary of State 29
Sent to the Governor 96
Signed by the Governor 94
Vetoed by the Governor 2
Filed without the Governor's signature 0

 

Updated Bill Statistics, June 12

June 16 is the last day the Governor can sign, veto, or allow to become law without his signature bills presented to him less than 10 days (not counting Sundays) prior to final adjournment of the 86th Regular Session.

The following bill statistics were calculated on June 12 at 1 p.m. The Governor continues to be hard at work reviewing bills, so the signing numbers are growing! To see how these statistics have changed and other post-session information, see previous blog posts on the legislative process.

 

86th Legislature Statistics

 

House and Senate Bills
Filed 7,324
Sent to the Governor 1,429
Signed by the Governor 862
Vetoed by the Governor 7
Filed without the Governor's signature 80
House and Senate Joint Resolutions
Filed 217
Filed with the Secretary of State 10
House and Senate Concurrent Resolutions
Filed 254
Filed with the Secretary of State 29
Sent to the Governor 96
Signed by the Governor 85
Vetoed by the Governor 0

 

Bill Statistics, Two Weeks After Sine Die, June 10

June 16 is the last day the Governor can sign, veto, or allow to become law without his signature bills presented to him less than 10 days (not counting Sundays) prior to final adjournment of the 86th Regular Session.

 

The following bill statistics were calculated on June 10 at 1:45 p.m. To see how these statistics have changed and other post-session information, see previous blog posts on the legislative process.

 

 

86th Legislature Statistics

House and Senate Bills
Filed 7,324
Sent to the Governor 1,429
Signed by the Governor 484
Vetoed by the Governor 7
Filed without the Governor's signature 45
House and Senate Joint Resolutions
Filed 217
Filed with the Secretary of State 10
House and Senate Concurrent Resolutions
Filed 254
Filed with the Secretary of State 29
Sent to the Governor 96
Signed by the Governor 79
Vetoed by the Governor 0

 

What's Next? Post-Session FAQ and Bill Statistics

House and Senate Bills
Filed 7,324
Sent to the Governor 1,053
Signed by the Governor 222
Vetoed by the Governor 6
Filed without the Governor's signature 21
House and Senate Joint Resolutions
Filed 217
Filed with the Secretary of State 6
House and Senate Concurrent Resolutions
Filed 254
Filed with the Secretary of State 15
Sent to the Governor 86
Signed by the Governor 71
Vetoed by the Governor 0

*Statistics as of May 28 at 8:30 a.m. See our bill statistics page to compare these numbers with historical statistics.

 

What happens now?

The 86th Regular Session ended May 27, 2019. Bills that passed both the House and the Senate were sent to the Governor for him to sign, veto, or allow to become law without his signature. Joint Resolutions that passed both chambers of the Legislature were filed with the Secretary of State, and will be on the ballot for the November 5, 2019 election.

 

If the Legislature passes a bill, does it become a law right away?

No. Under Article 4, Section 14 of the Texas Constitution, bills passed by the Legislature must be submitted to the Governor for approval. The Governor can sign a bill, veto it, line-item veto an appropriation, or allow a bill to become law without his signature.

 

How much time does the Governor have to act on a bill?

If a bill is sent to the Governor during the legislative session, the Governor has 10 days (not counting Sundays) to sign the bill or return the bill to the Legislature with objection. If after 10 days the bill is not returned to the Legislature by the Governor with objections or he has not yet signed it, the bill becomes law as if the Governor had signed it.

 

If the Legislature has adjourned sine die, or if the bill is presented to the Governor less than 10 days (not counting Sundays) prior to final adjournment, the Governor has 20 days (counting Sundays) after the final day of the session to sign or veto the bill. If neither action is taken, the bill becomes law without the Governor's signature (Texas Const. art. IV, § 14).

 

Sunday, June 16, is the 20th day following final adjournment of the 86th Regular Session. It is the last day the Governor can sign or veto bills passed during the 86th Regular Session. The LRL's vetoes database will be updated for the 85th Regular Session as we receive those documents.

 

What happens to bills that did not pass?

Bills that did not make it completely through the legislative process die with the end of the session and are not automatically reintroduced during the next session.

 

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