83rd Legislative Session

Texas Legislative Sessions

The Texas Legislature ended its 83rd regular legislative session on May 27, 2013. The Legislature also conducted three called special sessions, with the final session concluding on August 5, 2013. The interim period between legislative sessions concluded when the 84th regular legislative session began on January 13, 2015.

Budget Summary

TCDD monitored and analyzed how disability-related programs and services were addressed in the state budget. Before the legislative session began, state agencies submitted their budget requests — formally referred to as Legislative Appropriations Requests — to the Legislature. The State Agency Budget Requests Summary webpage includes information about both the base budget and exceptional item requests submitted by select state agencies. Senate Bill (SB) 1 was the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 biennial budget. The budget funded many of the health and human services exceptional item requests to restore or expand services. For details about how the Legislature appropriated funds, visit the 2014–2015 Biennial Budget Summary webpage.

Transition to Managed Care

SB 7 provides a comprehensive and long-range plan for Texas to transition to Medicaid managed care. The transition is designed to integrate Medicaid medical (acute) and long-term services and supports in an effort to create a more efficient system. For an outline of the provisions in the bill important to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), check out the Transition to Managed Care for People with IDD webpage.

Employment First

Employment First was established as state policy in Texas with SB 1226. The Employment First policy states that earning a living through competitive integrated employment is the first and preferred outcome for adults with disabilities who receive public benefits. SB 1226 also established an Employment First Task Force to promote the competitive employment of people with disabilities. Learn more on the Employment First Policy and Task Force webpage.