From Julie Faubel, TFRW VP Legislation
The Upcoming 86th Legislative Session
- Less than one week after Election Day, Texas legislators wasted no time in filing bills for the upcoming 86th Legislature. Although the two chambers won’t gavel in until Tuesday, January 8th, pre-filing bills typically results in a bill with a coveted low number. The lowest numbers are reserved for the Texas House speaker and lieutenant governor, who assign those numbers to their top-priority legislation.
- The 181 members of the Texas House and Senate have until Friday, March 8th to file bills. The Legislature, which meets every two years for 140 days, will kick off its next session on January 8th.
- The 2017 session saw lawmakers file more than 13,000 bills and resolutions with about ten percent becoming law.
- To learn more about the pre-filed bills in the Texas Legislature, click on the following link: https://capitol.texas.gov/Reports/General.aspx