Code projects

What is statutory revision?

The Texas Legislative Council is required by law (Section 323.007, Government Code) to carry out a complete nonsubstantive revision of the Texas statutes. The purpose of the revision is "to clarify and simplify the statutes and to make the statutes more accessible, understandable, and usable."

Process

The process involves reclassifying and rearranging the statutes in a more logical order, employing a numbering system and format that will accommodate future expansion of the law, eliminating repealed, invalid, duplicative, and other ineffective provisions, and improving the draftsmanship of the law, if practicable, without altering the sense, meaning, or effect of the law.

Review

Meticulous care is exercised by council staff to include in each proposed code all source law assigned to the code and to ensure that no substantive change is made in the law. However, complete and adequate outside review is also necessary. As a result, the council staff encourages examination and review of all proposed code chapters by any interested person.

For further information regarding the Continuing Statutory Revision Program see Sec. 8.09 of the Texas Legislative Council Drafting Manual.