The Texas Legislature ended its 84th regular legislative session on June 1, 2015. The interim period between legislative sessions concluded when the 85th regular legislative session began on January 10, 2017.
Regular Session Review
In addition to their base budget, state agencies may submit Exceptional Item requests for priorities that the agency considers of great importance. The Summary of DADS Exceptional Items Request webpage includes information about how the Legislature addressed the exceptional item requests from the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). The Summary of DARS Exceptional Items Requests webpage provides information about how requests from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) were addressed. Also, check out the Legislative Decisions: Autism Services webpage for information about the decisions the Legislature made related to services, training, and licensing.
The Sunset Advisory Commission made significant recommendations to the Legislature regarding the state’s five largest health and human services (HHS) agencies. Some of these recommendations were included in bills that were considered during the 84th regular legislative session. The Sunset Review webpage provides details about how the Sunset recommendations — including the consolidation of the five HHS agencies — were addressed.
During the interim between legislative sessions, committees are charged to study key issues and research information that will help guide future legislative decisions. The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities reviewed and identified the charges that could have the most impact on people with disabilities. Check out the House Key Interim Charges and the Senate Key Interim Charges webpages to see what disability-related issues the Legislature focused on between the 84th and 85th legislative sessions.