Monday, November 08, 2004

Texas legislature begins pre-filing bills

Shortly after elections for members of the Texas legislature, members of both houses can begin "pre"-filing bills. These are bills that legislators have been working on over the interim between sessions. They are not technically filed until the legislature comes into session in January, but pre-filing gets the bills through Legislative Council (for legal review) and acquires a bill number. This means that bills stand a better chance of getting quickly referred to committees and potentially having hearings. In other words, the early bird gets the worm.

Today was the first day for pre-filing legislation. House and Senate members filed a total of 135 bills and resolutions.

To see a list of all the bills filed on a particular day, Texas Legislature Online provides this resource. Just click on the date for which you wish to see all of the filings. To search for a particular phrase in the text of all of the bills filed, use this link.

When you see a bill number highlighted as a web link, you can click on the link to find out more about the bill. You can also click on the author's name to find out more about him or her and the other bills that he/she has filed.

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