|Publications by legislative information service providers
The following legislative agencies or offices produce publications that are available in paper form or online through that agency or office:
House Research Organization
Legislative Budget Board
Senate Research Center
State Auditorís Office
Sunset Advisory Commission
Texas Legislative Council
Descriptions of some of these publications follow.
Texas Legislative Council publishes an update of the Texas
Constitution following each election in which constitutional amendments are adopted.
Preceding an election, the Texas Legislative Council publishes Analyses of Proposed Constitutional Amendments, which describes the proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot and includes the text of the joint resolutions proposing the amendments, ballot language and the background for each one, and arguments for and against passage of each measure.
Biennially, the council updates an online publication, Amendments to the Texas Constitution Since 1876, to include the most recent proposals.
House Research Organization publishes Constitutional Amendments, which provides background information, a digest, and arguments for and against each proposed amendment submitted for voter approval.
House Research Organization publishes the Interim News, which includes articles on topics of current interest.
Senate Research Center publishes the Capitol Clearinghouse Update, which summarizes the activities of senate interim study committees, and In Brief and Research Spotlight, which provide information on topics of current interest.
Texas Legislative Council publications explain the redistricting process, discuss federal and state legal requirements for redistricting, and describe the various geographic, population, and election data required for redistricting and the methods used to produce the data.
A number of research reports are available from the legislative service providers, including the Texas Legislative Council, the House Research Organization, the Senate Research Center, the Legislative Budget Board, and the State Auditorís Office.
Summaries of Enactments and Session Activity
Texas Legislative Council publishes the Summary of Enactments, which includes brief synopses of all bills that were enacted and all joint resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution that were passed in a legislative session. Author and sponsor names, effective dates, and the governor's explanation for any vetoes also are provided. These summaries also are available through TLIS on the legislative intranet and TLO on the Internet, where they can be accessed by bill number or through a search by author, committee, subject, or other criteria. In addition, the council publishes New, Renamed, and Abolished State Governmental Entities, which reflects changes made in a legislative session.
House Research Organization publishes Major Issues of the Legislature, which provides an overview of some of the session highlights, summarizing proposals that were approved and some that were not. It includes a brief review of the arguments offered for and against each measure.
Senate Research Center publishes the Highlights of the Legislature, which summarizes all legislation that passed during the session.
Sunset Advisory Commission publishes a report to the legislature each legislative session that summarizes the commissionís recommendations relating to each agency under sunset review and the fiscal implications of each recommendation.
House Research Organization publishes Vetoes of Legislation, which includes a digest of each vetoed bill, the governorís stated reason for the veto, and a response concerning the veto by the author or the sponsor of the bill.
Texas Legislative Council publishes the Summary of Enactments, which includes, for each vetoed bill, the governorís reason for the veto as stated in the veto proclamation.