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85th Lege Info

Important Dates of the 85th Legislative Session

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 — Start of special 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

Governor Abbott Calls Special Session

Click Here to read Governor Abbott’s call for a special 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

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February: Following Legislation 201

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March: Committee Process and the Importance of Calendars

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April: A Texas Legislature Online (TLO) Primer

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May: Update on Priority Progress as the 85th Legislature is Drawing to a Close

June (June 13th): A Special Session Primer

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Upcoming Webinars:

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

Legislative Week in Review (July 18-20)

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Follow your Legislators on Twitter!

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