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83rd Texas Legislature

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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