Law & Legislation
The structure and purpose of the federal government is set out in the constitution. The federal government enacts statutes through the Congress, and federal agencies are also given rule-making authority by Congress. The federal courts interpret the law.
Each of the 50 states has its own system of government.
In Texas, the state legislature enacts statutes, and state agencies are also given rule-making authority by the legislature. Local governments like municipalities and counties may then enact ordinances within their jurisdictions. The state courts interpret the law.
Use the pages below to explore these different types of law and legislation.