During and immediately after each legislative session, Thomson Reuters publishes
Vernon’s Texas Session Law Service. These paperback volumes give complete texts,
final vote totals, dates of approval, and effective dates for all acts and joint
resolutions passed by the legislature. The first volume provides mailing addresses
for members and lists the members of all standing committees. Each volume includes
a subject index and tables that: (1) show where each applicable new session law is
to be placed in the statutes; (2) identify which statutes were affected by the new
session laws; (3) identify which uncodified previous session laws were affected by
the new session laws; and (4) list each enacted bill and adopted joint resolution by
number and cross-reference each one to its respective session law chapter. For
ordering information, call Thomson Reuters at (800) 328-9352, or visit the company’s
The secretary of state’s office distributes the official bound volumes of the laws
enacted during each session, titled General and Special Laws of the State of Texas.
These session law volumes provide texts of all bills, joint resolutions, and concurrent
resolutions that passed and the record of popular votes on all amendments proposed to
the Texas Constitution from 1875 to the most recent election. For ordering information,
call the secretary of state’s office at (512) 463-0872.
Session laws from 1836 to the present are available for use at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and session laws from 1855 to the present are available for use in the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library also
provides online access to tables cross-referencing bill numbers with session law chapters
from the 19th Legislature (1885) to the present through its website.
Session laws from the 1st to the 37th Legislatures (1846 to 1921), as published in
Gammel's The Laws of Texas, are available in the Legislative Reference Library and can be accessed online on the website of the
University of North Texas Libraries.