Texas Legislative Sessions

85th Legislative Session

Texas Legislative Sessions

Every two years, the Texas Legislature convenes for a 140-day regular legislative session. Some years, the Legislature holds additional called special sessions to address items not resolved during the regular session. In the interim between regular legislative sessions, legislative committees are charged to study key issues and research information that will help guide future legislative decisions.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) monitors legislative activities that could impact disability-related programs and services. During most legislative sessions, we provide information about the state budget, bill tracking and analysis, and a summary of interim charges. To ensure you receive our updates regarding legislative activities, join our mailing list on the Subscribe to TCDD eNews webpage.

85th Legislative Session

The Texas Legislature ended its 85th regular legislative session on May 29, 2017 and conducted its first called special session from July 18 to August 15, 2017. The interim period between legislative sessions will continue until the 86th regular legislative session begins on January 8, 2019.

Regular and Special Session Review

The Health and Human Services Budget Requests webpage includes information about the Legislative Appropriations Requests the Health and Human Services Commission submitted before and during the 85th regular legislative session. The Health and Human Services Budget Overview provides details about budget decisions that were ultimately made during the regular legislative session. Programs and services covered in the overview include community services, Promoting Independence, rate reductions, Early Childhood Intervention, State Supported Living Centers, and more. For information and analysis about select disability-related bills that passed or failed during the regular session, check out our Legislative Session Bill Tracking Reports. The Special Session Recap covers bills that passed during the first called special session, which includes bills related to do-not-resuscitate orders, education, and voting.

Interim Charges

During the interim between legislative sessions, committees are charged to study key issues and research information that will help guide future legislative decisions. You can learn about the interim charges that could have the most impact on people with disabilities by visiting our Top 7 Interim Charges webpage. To learn about the disability-related issues the Legislature is focused on between the 85th and 86th legislative sessions, check out the House Key Interim Charges and the Senate Key Interim Charges webpages.

Previous Legislative Sessions

For information about how disability-related programs and services were addressed in previous legislative sessions, visit the webpage links below.


Texas Legislature Resources

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Who Represents Me?
Information is available about current districts and members of the Texas Legislature, State Board of Education, and Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. To find out who represents you, visit the Texas Legislature Online Who Represents Me? webpage.

Contacting Your Legislators
For information about how to find, contact, and address your legislators, visit the Legislative Reference Library of Texas Contacting Your Legislator webpage.