The 84th Session of the Texas Legislature begins on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, with adjournment set for Monday, June 1. Regular sessions last for 140 days in odd-numbered years, with the possibility of special sessions for up to 30 days, at the direction of the governor. With the start of bill filing approaching, advocates can learn about the legislative process and how to affect policy by reading the information provided here.
Key Dates for the 84th Legislative Session
- Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 — Start of legislation prefiling
- Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 — 84th Session of Texas Legislature begins
- Monday, June 1, 2015 — Sine Die (last day of legislative session)
- Sunday, June 21, 2015 — Last day governor can sign or veto bills passed during regular session
How to Get Involved
Step 1: Educate Yourself
- Visit the Texas Legislature Online website to follow the action and create a list of bills to track.
- Read the PDF “Guide to Texas Legislative Information (Revised)” to Learn how a bill becomes a law and how to follow a bill, Learn how to read a bill, Familiarize yourself with legislative language and terminology, and read the Appendix: Legislative Glossary. (please note that some of the links within the pdf are outdated. For more info visit the Texas Legislative Council Website: https://tlc.texas.gov/)
- Follow the legislature on the go with your mobile device, click here: https://capitol.texas.gov/MyTLO/PDA/MobilePDA.aspx.
TCDD Can Help
The TCDD Legislative Advocacy Tips page contains information and resources from various sources to assist individuals and organizations in their advocacy efforts. This information is designed to give an overview of the basic policymaking processes in Texas and how to influence policy.
Step 2: Stay in the Loop
Step 3: Take Action
- Find out who represents you in the Texas Legislature and contact them by phone, email or letter. You can also schedule an appointment to meet with your legislators and tell them how their decisions on the state budget and disability issues affect you and your family.
- Share your story at a committee hearing in person or in writing. View house meeting notices at and senate meeting notices to see which bills are scheduled to be considered at a particular committee meeting.