How to Follow the 86th Texas Legislature
In case you missed it, the 86th Texas Legislature opened on January 8th with new House Speaker, Dennis Bonnen of Angelton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick leading the Texas Senate. Their main priorities will be school finance and property tax reform. If you want to follow what going on in the legislature over and above what you hear and see in the news and social media, it all online! Here are a few websites that can help:
Texas Legislature Online
*Now is the time to follow committee meetings to shape legislation in the future. You can check calendars for meetings, sign up for alerts regarding the committees you follow. You can even watch committee hearings from your computers or your mobile devices. See the links below to the House and Senate Committee pages.
House Committee Meeting Information
Senate Committee Meeting Information
Texas House Online
Website for the Texas House of Representatives. This site provides access to audio and video broadcasts for house chamber proceedings and committee hearings, biographical information, newsletters, and news releases.
Texas Senate Online
Website for the Texas Senate. This site provides access to audio and video broadcasts for senate chamber proceedings and committee hearings, biographical information, newsletters, news releases, and a kids page.
Sources: Julie Faubel, TFRW VP-Legislation and the TFRW website