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Past Legislative Sessions

Priorities, Testimony, and Analysis from previous Texas Legislative Sessions

The Texas Legislature meets for 5 months on odd-numbered years. The Legislature for Texas is like Congress for the whole country. It’s made up of 150 people elected to the Texas House of Representatives and 31 people elected to the Texas Senate.

During the legislative session, the House and Senate decide on the state budget and pass new laws or change old laws.

The State Budget sets how much tax money (the money you and other residents pay to the state through sales tax and property taxes) is spent and on what. It sets out how much we should spend on our children’s education, maintaining our roads, public safety, and making sure that the power stays on during storms.

The budget sets how much money Texas will spend on healthcare programs that provide birth control and other kinds of life-saving care for millions of Texans.

The Legislature also creates new laws and changes old laws. In previous legislative sessions laws around healthcare, abortion access, healthcare services for transgender kids, and other issues impacting all Texans.

Click on the buttons below for policy priorities, testimony, and updates for past legislative sessions. 

87th Regular Session (January - May 2021)

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