Texas' 87th Legislative Session begins at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.
The Texas Legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year. It limits its regular session to 140 calendar days.
Public pension fund trustees and administrators tracking this year's session activity should familiarize themselves with additional dates of importance:
- Friday, March 12, 2021, is the deadline legislators have to file bills and resolutions.
- Monday, May 31, 2021, is the final day of the regular legislative session. It is officially known as sine die, meaning adjourned with no future action.
- Sunday, June 20, 2021, is the post-session 20-day deadline for the state's governor to sign or veto legislation.
- Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 (the 91st day after adjournment), is the effective date of legislation passed during the regular session.
Even though the 87th Legislative Session hasn't officially begun, it doesn't mean lawmakers aren't busy. Several legislators were re-elected or newly elected to the Texas House and Senate on Nov. 3, 2020, and bill prefiling began on Nov. 9.
A useful site to track legislation is Texas Legislature Online. Among the government website's features, tools allow visitors to search bills, create legislative tracking lists, and receive bill and meeting alerts. The site also provides access to video broadcasts of House and Senate meetings, which may come in handy during the pandemic. Visitors also have access to daily legislative calendars and conduct searches to find your local legislators.