|House Research Organization
John H. Reagan Building, Room 420
105 West 15th St.
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910
(512) 463-0752 • FAX (512) 463-1962
The House Research Organization (HRO), an administrative department of the house of
representatives, is independently governed by a bipartisan steering committee of 15 house
members who are elected by the house. The HRO publishes research reports examining state
issues and analyzing proposed legislation, including:
- Daily Floor Report—Includes analyses of all legislation, except local and consent bills, scheduled for floor debate on the daily house calendar. Each bill analysis includes a digest of the bill’s provisions, background information, legislative history, and arguments favoring or opposing the bill.
- Focus Report—Provides an in-depth examination of a particular issue, such as school finance, the death penalty, or how a bill becomes law.
- Interim News—Includes articles on topics of current interest.
- State Finance Report—Examines the state budget process and the general appropriations bill.
The HRO also publishes the following postsession wrap-up reports:
- Major Issues of the Legislature—Summarizes significant legislation considered during each legislative session, including legislation that did not pass.
- Constitutional Amendments—Provides background information, a digest, and arguments for and against each proposed amendment submitted for voter approval.
- Vetoes of Legislation—Includes a digest of each vetoed measure, a summary of the governor’s stated reasons for the veto, and a comment from the principal author or sponsor of the vetoed measure.
HRO reports are distributed to legislative offices,
the Legislative Reference Library, and the state library system and also are available
through the HRO website.
Bill analyses also are available through TLIS on the legislative intranet and TLO on the Internet (under "Additional Documents" on the "Text" tab for a bill.