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.
The Austin American-Statesman highlights the top 10 biggest issues from the 84th Legislature.
The Austin-based alternative newsweekly provides a summary of the legislative session.
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.
This blog takes a look at criminal justice reform and related legislation from the 84th Legislature.
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).
The Houston Chronicle printed an editorial that looks back at the 84th Legislature.
The LRL provides links to wrap-ups, summaries, and highlights put out by state agencies, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and trade/industry groups.
The Texas Association of Counties has put together a list that highlights some of the enacted bills that affect counties and their operations.
The Texas Bar Association puts out continuing legal education materials for members of the Bar. After each legislative session, the Bar updates their CLE materials with subject-specific recaps. See the library's listing of CLE materials for subject-specific titles.
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).
The TCJC provides analyses and post-session wrap-ups that summarize criminal and juvenile justice policy legislation.
The Texas Dept. of Information Resources tracks technology-related legislation.
The TDCAA provide their 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.)
The author of Texas Homeowners Association Law highlights the 2015 bills that affect property owners' associations.
The Office of Court Administration and the Texas Judicial Council compiled a listing of new legislation that affects the judiciary.
The Texas Tribune has compiled a list of all the bills that were passed by both chambers of the Legislature.
The July 2015 issue of the Civil Rights Reporter highlights the legislation affection 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.