85th Lege Info


Important Dates of the 85th Legislative Session

  • Monday, November 14, 2016 — Start of legislation prefiling
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017 — 85th Session of Texas Legislature begins
  • Friday, March 10, 2017 — Filing deadline for bills
  • Monday, May 29, 2017 — Sine Die (last day of legislative session)
  • Sunday, June 18, 2017 — Last day governor can sign or veto bills passed during regular session

Bill to Law


Who Represents Me?


How a Bill Becomes a Law–The Legislative Process in Texas


Following Legislation Online


How to Read a Bill


Glossary of Terms


Links to Legislative Committee Webinars:

January:  Following Legislation 101

Click Here to Watch This Webinar

February: Following Legislation 201

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March: Committee Process and the Importance of Calendars
April: A Texas Legislature Online (TLO) Primer

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Upcoming Webinars

May (May 9th): Update on Priority Progress as the 85th Legislature is Drawing to a Close: Click Here to Register
June (Date TBA): 85th Legislative Session Wrapup

Video from RPT Legislative Committee’s 2017 Lege Day

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TZjA8pANEw&t=3s

Part2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywi_IXy8yaY

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZQqZ39Gouc

Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4HC6OjfOQU

Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUzfxqFucgI

Latest report from RPT Legislative Committee

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Follow your Legislators on Twitter!

Click Here for a PDF of Lege Twitter Handles