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Texas House and Senate Journals

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Case Law

Full text of all Texas Supreme Court decisions from 1840, Texas Court of Appeals and Court of Civil Appeals decisions from 1892, and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from 1876. Searchable by citation, case name, or full text.


Legislative Session Laws

Once a law is signed by the Governor, it is printed as an individual "slip law" and assigned a chronological chapter number. These chapters are reprinted in the General and Special Laws of Texas, also call the "Session Laws", which is published at the end of the legislative session. Each session law includes the official chapter number (used for citing the bill), the bill number, a subject-based caption, the section of Vernon's that the law amends, the text of the law, a vote tally, date of the governor's signature, and the effective date. The law is then codified by subject into Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated, which, although privately published, is the official codification for Texas law. An online version of both the Vernon's Statutes and enrolled bills from the last three legislatures is available from the Texas Legislature Online.

Find Laws by Subject

Texas Legislature Online: Texas Statutes

WestlawNext – (TAMU only)

LexisNexis Academic (TAMU only)

Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated  - KFT1230.5.V4 P68 (Evans Reference)

Find Laws by Number

Texas Legislature Online: Bill Lookup

Search for bills from the 71st legislature (1989) on. Choose the appropriate legislature, and then search.

Texas Legislative Reference Library Bill Lookup

Search by bill number or session law chapter number for links to bill files, bill analyses, bill histories and other documents. 

Texas Laws and Resolutions Archive

The Texas Laws and Resolutions Archive from the University of North Texas insures permanent storage and public access to the non-current electronic files of the Texas Laws and Resolutions, beginning with the 78th Legislative Session. Select a session and scroll by bill number. Adobe Acrobat reader required to view bills.

Historic Laws

HeinOnline (TAMU only) Under Session Laws look for State Statutes, or you can look under Subject Compilations of State Laws. 

LLMC Digital Law (TAMU only) has early session laws starting in 1879

General and Special Laws of the State of Texas, 1900-current (26th Legislature-current) L1800.4 G286 Texas Documents (5th floor Evans Annex)

Indexed by subject, bill number, and code section affected. Includes proposed constitutional amendments and a list of bills and resolutions vetoed after adjournment. Only published after the session is over. Publishing tends to run about a year behind. Also available online via the Legislative Reference Library of Texas, Legislative Archive System.

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