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Texas Legislature

84th Texas Legislature Begins Jan. 13, 2015

The Texas Legislature meets in a regular session every two years, convening on the second Tuesday in January of every odd-numbered year. These biennial sessions are limited to 140 days. The governor can also call additional special sessions as necessary, which cannot exceed 30 days. The 84th Legislative Session is Jan. 13 through June 1, 2015.

Interim Committees and Charges

Between each legislative session, the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House appoint interim committees to study key issues and research information that will help guide future legislative decisions. Interim committees, which are usually appointed in the fall, hold hearings to obtain public input.

Sunset Review

State agencies are usually reviewed once every 12 years, but TCDD and the health and human service agencies were last reviewed 16 years ago, in 1998-1999, because the Legislature postponed their review twice. The review process began summer 2013 and continues through the 84th Texas Legislative Session.
Some of the agencies under Sunset review now are:

More information at:

Input to Committees About Developmental Disabilities

The interim period is a good time to get to know your legislators and educate them on disability issues. Individuals who wish to provide input can submit written comments directly to a committee or attend committee hearings.

83rd Texas Legislature Held in 2013

The 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature ended May 27, 2013.

TCDD priorities during the 83rd session included appropriations, long term services and supports, education and employment. TCDD policy recommendations included prohibiting organ transplant discrimination and Employment First, and legislation was passed on Employment First.

Final Health and Human Service Budget Decisions

Final Bill Tracking Report

Senate Bill 7

TCDD is closely following Senate Bill 7. Information about the bill is regularly being shared with our e-news subscribers, in the News & Features section of this website, and on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Texas Legislative Appropriations Requests


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