Legislative Recaps of the 84th Regular Session (2015)

The Texas legislature meets regularly every 2 years (on odd-numbered years). At the end of a regular legislative session, hundreds of passed bills are sent to the governor for approval. Due to the very large number of bills and the wide variety of topics they cover, it can be difficult to get an understanding of all the new laws that were passed.

To help the public become aware of new laws, many organizations provide summaries of new legislation. Below we highlight some of the legislative summaries published by news organizations, state agencies, professional organizations, and independent writers.

Some legislative summaries may be written before the governor's veto period ends. Depending on when the governor receives a bill, he or she has between 10 and 20 days to veto legislation passed by the Legislature. Please keep this in mind when reading any legislative summary. We recommended consulting the governor's veto statements to ensure a bill was not vetoed.

Austin American-Statesman

The Austin American-Statesman highlights the top 10 biggest issues from the 84th Legislature.

Austin Chronicle

The Austin-based alternative newsweekly provides a summary of the legislative session.

Center for Public Policy Priorities

The CPPP — an independent policy institute — provides a look back at the 84th Legislature and how it fared with health and wellness, expanding economic opportunities, and investing in Texas.

Grits for Breakfast

This blog takes a look at criminal justice reform and related legislation from the 84th Legislature.

Houston and the 84th Lege

The Texas Tribune hosted a review of the legislative session and its impact on Houston. It features state Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) and state Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston).

Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle printed an editorial that looks back at the 84th Legislature.

Legislative Reference Library — Session Wrap-Ups

The LRL provides links to wrap-ups, summaries, and highlights put out by state agencies, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and trade/industry groups.

Texas Association of Counties

The Texas Association of Counties has put together an analysis of the enacted bills that affect counties and their operations.

Texas Bar Association CLEs

The Texas Bar Association puts out continuing legal education materials for members of the Bar. After each legislative session, the Bar updates its CLE materials with subject-specific recaps. See the library's listing of CLE materials for subject-specific titles.

Texas Comptroller

The Texas Comptroller highlights new legislation that affects the salaries of state employees as well as changes made to Article IX of the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1).

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

The TCJC provides analyses and post-session wrap-ups that summarize criminal and juvenile justice policy legislation.

Texas Department of Information Resources

The Texas Dept. of Information Resources tracks technology-related legislation.

Texas District & County Attorneys Association

The TDCAA provides a summary of bills that affect district and county attorneys' offices and the criminal justice system. (Note: as of May 2018, the TDCAA website no longer publishes their 2015 Regular Session summaries. Their website contains interim updates starting with July 2015.)

Texas Homeowners Association Law

The author of Texas Homeowners Association Law highlights the 2015 bills that affect property owners' associations.

Texas Judiciary Legislative Update 

The Office of Court Administration and the Texas Judicial Council compiled a listing of new legislation that affects the judiciary.

Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune has compiled a list of all the bills that were passed by both chambers of the Legislature.

Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division 

The July 2015 issue of the Civil Rights Reporter highlights the legislation affecting the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission.

Disclaimer: The sites listed above are hosted by third-party organizations and are intended as an informational source for the public; the library does not endorse any political messages these sources may contain. Please see our third-party linking policy for more information.

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