- 32nd Regular Session (1911) - House journal
- 48th Regular Session (1943) - House journal
- 64th Regular Session (1975) - House and Senate journals
- 66th Regular Session (1979) - Senate journal
- 67th Regular and Called Sessions (1981-82) - Senate journal
- 69th Regular and Called Sessions (1985-86) - House journal
- 70th Regular and Called Sessions (1987) - House and Senate journals
- 72nd Regular and Called Sessions (1991-92) - House and Senate journals
Young readers visiting the library can learn about Texas through our Young Texans Collection. The collection includes a variety of children’s books for every age level, from picture books to chapter books. Visitors can learn all about Texas, (“L is for Lone Star”), discover events in Texas history (“Voices of the Alamo”), and read about Texas politicians and historical figures (Martín de León, Barbara Jordan, and Sam Houston, among many others).
The collection is accessible any time the library is open, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also view the collection on Pinterest, where we’ve included notes about reading levels and brief summaries of the books.
The Texas Legislative Reference Library's Pinterest page, recipient of the Notable Online Resource award, uses the unique format of boards and pins to highlight books, photographs, art and other items that bring the Texas Legislature and its history into view. From historical 'tidbits' about the Texas Legislature to a full exhibit of state symbols, the page highlights a range of helpful information.
The Senate Research Center's Budget 101: A Guide to the Budget Process in Texas received a Notable Document on Fiscal Policy award. A useful primer on the biennial budget process in Texas, the guide provides a step-by-step description of what happens to the budget during the legislative session, and discusses the different agencies and offices involved in the process. In addition, the publication contains information on the current two-year budget, including when it was passed, total funding, and how funds were distributed by function.
Over the last year, the library has worked hard to scan House and Senate journals to make them available on our website. Part of this project included scanning congressional journals from the Republic of Texas. These journals date to the period between 1836 and 1845, just before Texas became a state. At that time, the Republic of Texas had formed as a separate nation after gaining independence from Mexico.
Reading through the journals of the First Congress gives you a sense of how much things have changed:
- The Congress that year consisted of 14 senators and 29 representatives, as opposed to the 150 representatives and 31 senators that make up today's state legislative body.
- Since no capital had yet been established, the First Congress met in Columbia, TX (today's West Columbia in Brazoria County).
- In his State of the State address, ad interim President David C. Burnet told the members of Congress, "To you is committed the beginning of legislation, and as you shall lay the foundation, so will be reared the superstructure." He stressed the importance of adopting a plan for "permanent and certain revenue," and for building up the military organization, whose "strength has been fluctuating on account of the frequent accession and discharges of volunteers under short enlistment."
The journals include familiar names like Sam Houston, twice President of the Republic of Texas and later Governor of the State of Texas (1859-1861), and J. Pinckney Henderson, Attorney General and Secretary of State in the early years of the Republic, and later the State of Texas' first Governor (1846-47).
Journals for all nine congresses of the Republic of Texas are available online at: http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/collections/journals/journals.cfm#republic
The library wishes to thank the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History (University of Texas at Austin), the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for generously lending us individual congressional journals not present in our own collection.
- TRUE or FALSE: It is illegal to pick bluebonnets in Texas.
- What year was the first standardized test administered in Texas public schools and what was it called?
- Which former House member from Washington County cast his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland, was invited to attend the inaugural ball for Governor James S. Hogg, and was a relative of one of the writers of the Texas State Flower Song, "Bluebonnets"?
- There are two busts in the artwork collection on display in the LRL. One is Sam Houston, who is the other? [Hint: these two may require a field trip to Capitol Room 2N.3!]
- When was the last time a Governor's veto was overridden by the Legislature?