Setting the Agenda

Elected officials spend much of their time identifying issues and working with stakeholders to set policy priorities, then crafting proposed laws and working through the complex legislative process. You can help set the agenda for District 29 by contacting the Senator’s office through phone calls, emails or letters, or in-person visits.

One of the first things to understand about the legislative process is the calendar. Here are some key dates to keep in mind:

Session Begins

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (1st day): 84th Legislature convenes at noon [Government Code, Sec. 301.001]

Friday, March 13, 2015 (60th day): Deadline for filing bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and bills that have been declared an emergency by the governor [House Rule 8, Sec. 8; Senate Rules 7.07(b); Senate Rule 10.01 subjects joint resolutions to the rules governing proceedings on bills]

Monday, June 1, 2015 (140th day): Last day of 84th Regular Session; corrections only in house and senate [Sec. 24(b), Art. III, Texas Constitution]

Session Ends

Sunday, June 21, 2015 (20th day following final adjournment): Last day governor can sign or veto bills passed during the regular legislative session [Sec. 14, Art. IV, Texas Constitution]

Monday, August 31, 2015 (91st day following final adjournment): Date that bills without specific effective dates (that could not be effective immediately) become law [Sec. 39, Art. III, Texas Constitution]

Tuesday, November 3, 2015: Uniform election date in November [Election Code, Sec. 41.001]


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