Texas House of Representatives - Frequently Asked Questions
Information about Texas legislative sessions. 83rd, Regular, Jan 8, , May 27, , , Details. 83rd, 1st C.S., May 27, , Jun 25, , list of the major water-related bills considered by the 83rd Texas Legislature. Bills that passed the Legislature and were signed by the Governor The bill would also require the Texas Water Development Board to create a all groundwater management plans must be designed to meet desired future. The 84th Texas Legislature is set to meet January 13 through June 1, During its regular session, the 83rd Texas Legislature enacted.
As a member of the house of representatives, the speaker may vote on all questions before the house. The other duties and responsibilities of the speaker are determined by the members of the house in the House Rules of Procedure, which are adopted by a majority vote of the members at the beginning of each regular session of the legislature. The members give the speaker the authority to appoint the membership of each standing committee, subject to rules on seniority, and to designate the chair and vice chair for each committee.
Under the rules, the speaker is responsible for referring all proposed legislation to committee, subject to the committee jurisdictions set forth in the rules. The rules also allow the speaker to appoint conference committees, to create select committees, and to direct committees to conduct interim studies when the legislature is not in session.
How often does the legislature meet? The Legislature of the State of Texas, operating under the biennial system, convenes its regular sessions at noon on the second Tuesday in January of odd-numbered years. The maximum duration of a regular session is days. The governor is given authority under the state constitution to convene the legislature at other times during the biennium.
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Such sessions are known as called or special sessions and are reserved for legislation that the governor deems critically important in the conduct of state affairs. Called sessions are limited to a period of 30 days, during which the legislature is permitted to pass laws only on subjects submitted by the governor in calling for the session.
How does the house differ from the senate? There are members of the house of representatives as opposed to 31 members of the senate. According to the most recent census figures, the ideal house district population isas opposed to an ideal population offor each senate district.
Senators serve four-year terms and represent a relatively large number of constituents, whereas house members serve two-year terms and represent a smaller number of constituents. House members are therefore able to remain more closely in tune to the needs and concerns of their constituents.
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For this reason, the state constitution requires that all bills increasing taxes or raising revenue for use by the state originate in the house of representatives. How do I send an e-mail to my representative? Go to your representative's page and click on Send Email to bring up a response form.
Here's an alphabetical list of members. Not all members use e-mail. How do I find a list of all members' phone numbers and addresses? Here is a list of House directories. How do I find bills on a subject I'm interested in? Go to Bill Search and choose a recent legislative session to get a list of subjects. You can also search for bills by a representative's name, by committee, or by a word or phrase in the text of the bill. How do I find the status of a specific bill?
If you know the bill number, you can go to Bill Information and select "Actions" to get a detailed history of all action taken on the bill. How do I find out how my representative voted on a bill?
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The results of recorded votes are listed in the House Journal. You need to know the date the vote was taken and the Record Vote number, which you can find in Bill Information. In the review, determine: Review the availability of prevention and early intervention programs and determine their effectiveness in reducing maltreatment of children.
In addition, review services available to children emancipating out of foster care, as well as services available to families post-adoption. Identify methods to strengthen CPS processes and services, including efforts for family preservation; increasing the number of appropriate placements designed for children with high needs; and ensuring Texas Medicaid is providing access to appropriate and effective behavioral health services.
Study the increased use of specialty courts across the state.Preview of 83rd Texas Legislature
Examine the role these courts play in the judicial system and recommend improvements to ensure they continue to be appropriately and successfully utilized.
Evaluate the use of telemedicine to improve behavioral health services in the juvenile justice system. House Committee on Public Health: During the review, identify services provided in each program, the number of providers and clients participating in the programs, and the enrollment and transition process between programs.
Monitor the work of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force and recommend solutions to reduce maternal deaths and morbidity. In addition, review the correlation between pre-term and low birth weight births and the use of alcohol and tobacco. Consider options to increase treatment options and deter usage of these substances. Study and make recommendations to improve services available for identifying and treating children with mental illness, including the application of trauma- and grief-informed practices.
Identify strategies to assist in understanding the impact and recognizing the signs of trauma in children and providing school-based or community-based mental health services to children who need them. In addition, review programs that treat early psychosis among youth and young adults. Study the overlays among housing instability, homelessness, and mental illness.
Review the availability of supportive housing opportunities for individuals with mental illness. Consider options to address housing stability and homelessness among people with mental illness.
Joint charge with the House Committee on Urban Affairs Review opportunities to improve population health and health care delivery in rural and urban medically underserved areas. Identify potential opportunities to improve access to care, including the role of telemedicine. In the review, identify the challenges facing rural hospitals and the impact of rural hospital closures. Study the overlays among housing instability, homelessness and mental illness.
Study the prevalence and impact of substance use and substance use disorders in Texas, including co-occurring mental illness. Study the prevalence and impact of opioids and synthetic drugs in Texas. Review the history of overdoses and deaths due to overdoses. Also review other health-related impacts due to substance abuse.
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Identify substances that are contributing to overdoses, related deaths and health impacts, and compare the data to other states. During the review, identify effective and efficient prevention and treatment responses by health care systems, including hospital districts and coordination across state and local governments. Recommend solutions to prevent overdoses and related health impacts and deaths in Texas.
Review the prevalence of substance abuse and substance use disorders in pregnant women, veterans, homeless individuals and people with co-occurring mental illness. In the review, study the impact of opioids and identify available programs specifically targeted to these populations and the number of people served. Consider whether the programs have the capacity to meet the needs of Texans. In addition, research innovative programs from other states that have reduced substance abuse and substance use disorders, and determine if these programs would meet the needs of Texans.
Recommend strategies to increase the capacity to provide effective services. Identify barriers to treatment and the availability of treatment in various areas of the state. Recommend solutions to improve state and local policy, including alternatives to justice system involvement, and ways to increase access to effective treatment and recovery options.
Identify the specialty courts in Texas that specialize in substance use disorders. Determine the effectiveness of these courts and consider solutions to increase the number of courts in Texas. Adult and Juvenile Corrections Funding: