83rd Texas Legislature Began Jan. 8, 2013
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.
TCDD priorities during the 83rd session include appropriations, long term services and supports, education and employment. TCDD policy recommendations include prohibiting organ transplant discrimination and employment first.
Final Health and Human Service Budget Decisions
- Read the SB1 document prepared by TCDD (PDF, 3 pages, 70KB)
Includes a comparison of funding levels for selected health and human service programs important for people with developmental disabilities.
Final Bill Tracking Report
- Read Bill Tracking Report prepared by TCDD — Includes information regarding the outcome of select long-term services and support, education, State Supported Living Center and mental health legislation.
Senate Bill 7
Texas Legislative Appropriations Requests
Committees and Charges
Key Committees Relevant to Texans with Developmental Disabilities
During each legislative session, committees are formed to study key issues and research information that will help guide legislative decisions.
- Download House of Representatives: Key Committees for a list of committees and members (PDF, 1 page, 30KB).
- Download Senate: Key Committees for a list of committees and members (PDF, 1 page, 40KB).
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.
- Download House of Representatives: 82nd Legislature Interim Charges (PDF) for a complete list of House Interim Charges.
- Visit the Lieutenant Governor’s website for a complete list of Senate Interim Charges.
Key Interim Charges Relevant to Texans with Developmental Disabilities
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.
- House Committee schedules
Texas House of Representative website.
- Senate Committee hearing schedules
Texas Senate website.
- Who Represents Me?
Current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, State Board of Education and Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
- Contacting Your Legislator (Texas Reference Library)
How to find, contact and address your legislator.