Secretary of State legislative bills and resolutions filed (General and special laws)
Since 1837, Texas law has required the Secretary of State to contract for the printing of the laws, and to arrange for their distribution. Since 1846, Texas law has required the Secretary of State to receive bills from the Texas Legislature which have become laws, and to bind and maintain such bills and enrolled joint resolutions; and also to deliver a certified copy of these laws (with indices) to the public printer. These records are the official, final, signed copies of legislative bills and resolutions (general and special laws) passed by the Congress of the Republic of Texas and the Legislature of the State of Texas, and subsequently filed with the Texas Secretary of State. These contain the original signatures of all officials (President of the Senate, Speaker of the House, Chief Clerk of the House, Secretary of the Senate, and Texas President/Governor). They date 1836-2015. Also included (as they became required by law) are fiscal notes, criminal justice policy impact statements, actuarial impact statements, and other kinds of impact statements, through 1999. Included at or near the end of each session's laws and resolutions are the vetoed bills and resolutions. Vetoed bills and resolutions include the signed proclamation by the Governor explaining the veto.
Texas Secretary of State legislative bills and resolutions filed (General and Special Laws)
Texas. Secretary of State. Government Filings Section
Date range of creation:
1836 to 2015
Texas (Republic). Department of State
Bills (legislative records)
(Identify the item), Texas Secretary of State legislative bills and resolutions filed (General and Special Laws). Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
These records are arranged chronologically, by congressional/legislative session. The Secretary of State arranged each volume numerically by chapter (which is also chronologically in the order in which the laws were passed). Digital surrogates follow this structure. Vetoed laws and resolutions are at the end of each legislative session.
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Volumes for the 1st Congress through the 18th Legislature are restricted due to their physical condition, so researchers must use digital surrogates or microfilmed copies of those volumes.
Size or duration:
274.81 cubic ft. (originals), 22 reels microfilm (duplicates)