Texas Legislature On the Home Stretch

Every two years, the Texas Legislature meets for 140 days to decide new laws.  There is a web portal to follow bills of interest.  The deadline for filing bills ended on March 13.  The first day that a senator could place a total of 5 bills or resolutions on the Senate Intent Calendar was April 15, 2015.

Here are the next important deadlines:

Monday, May 11, 2015 (119th day): Last day for house committees to report house bills and house joint resolutions

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (120th day): Deadline for house to distribute last House Daily Calendar with house bills and joint resolutions

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (121st day): Deadline for house to distribute last House Local and Consent Calendar with consent house bills

Thursday, May 14, 2015 (122nd day) : Last day for house to consider house bills and joint resolutions on second reading on House Daily or Supplemental Calendar

Friday, May 15, 2015 (123rd day): Last day for house to consider consent house bills on second and third reading and all third reading house bills or joint resolutions on House Supplemental Calendar

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (128th day): Deadline for house to distribute last House Local and Consent Calendar with local house bills

Friday, May 22, 2015 (130th day) : Last day for house to consider local house bills on second and third reading, and the first day senate can consider bills and resolutions the first day they are posted on the Senate Intent Calendar

Saturday, May 23, 2015 (131st day): Last day for house committees to report senate bills and joint resolutions

Sunday, May 24, 2015 (132nd day) : Deadline for house to distribute last House Daily Calendar with senate bills and joint resolutions

Monday, May 25, 2015 (133rd day): Deadline for house to distribute last House Local and Consent Calendar with senate bills

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (134th day): Last day for house to consider senate bills and joint resolutions, other than local and consent, on second reading on House Daily or Supplemental Calendar

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (135th day) : Last day for house to consider local and consent senate bills on second and third reading and all senate bills or joint resolutions on third reading on House Supplemental Calendar AND the last day for senate to consider all bills and joint resolutions on second or third reading

Thursday, May 28, 2015 (136th day): Midnight deadline for house to distribute senate amendments AND the last day for house to act on senate amendments,  Midnight deadline for senate to print and distribute senate copies of conference committee reports on tax, general appropriations, and reapportionment bills, and last day for senate committees to report all bills and joint resolutions (because of technical requirements, the last day is actually May 27)

Saturday, May 30, 2015 (138th day): Midnight deadline for house to distribute house copies of all conference committee reports,  Midnight deadline for senate to print and distribute senate copies of all conference committee reports on bills other than those on tax, general appropriations, and reapportionment and all house amendments to senate bills and joint resolutions that did not go to a conference committee

Sunday, May 31, 2015 (139th day) :Last day for house to adopt conference committee reports or discharge house conferees and concur in Senate Amendments, last day for senate to adopt conference committee reports or concur in house amendments

Monday, June 1, 2015 (140th day): Last day of 83rd Regular Session; corrections only in house and senate

Regular Session Ends

Sunday, June 21, 2015 (20th day following final adjournment of Regular Session): Last day governor can sign or veto bills passed during the regular session
Monday, August 31, 2015 (91st day following final adjournment of Regular Session): Date that bills without specific effective dates (that could not be effective immediately) become law