Texas Legislative Sessions

86th Legislative Session

Texas Legislative Sessions

Every two years, the Texas Legislature convenes for a 140-day regular legislative session. Some years, the Legislature holds additional called special sessions to address items not resolved during the regular session. In the interim between regular legislative sessions, legislative committees are charged to study key issues and research information that will help guide future legislative decisions.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) monitors legislative activities that could impact disability-related programs and services. During most legislative sessions, we provide information about the state budget, bill tracking and analysis, and a summary of interim charges. To ensure you receive our updates regarding legislative activities, join our mailing list on the Subscribe to TCDD eNews webpage.

86th Legislative Session

The 86th Texas Legislature will begin on January 8, 2019 and conclude on May 27, 2019.

Previous Legislative Sessions

For information about how disability-related programs and services were addressed in previous legislative sessions, visit the webpage links below.

Texas Legislature Resources

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Who Represents Me?
Information is available about current districts and members of the Texas Legislature, State Board of Education, and Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. To find out who represents you, visit the Texas Legislature Online Who Represents Me? webpage.

Contacting Your Legislators
For information about how to find, contact, and address your legislators, visit the Legislative Reference Library of Texas Contacting Your Legislator webpage.

How a Bill Becomes a Law
Do you know how a bill becomes a law in Texas? If you don’t, check-out our easy-to-understand infographic that simplifies the complicated process. The infographic is available in English and Spanish.