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How Texas Bills Become Law

Did you know the Texas Legislature convenes every two years? The legislature has 140 days to pass a budget and hear bills that will impact Texas families and children. Below are some resources to help you navigate the process bills go through and the key players involved in making these key decisions.

The Process

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The Key Players in the 87th Legislative Session

The House Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance Committee work in parallel to put together a draft budgets. At the end of session, a Conference Committee with both House and Senate membership will reconcile any budget differences to finalize the budget for the next two years. These are the members.

The committees below are especially key during session because they hear from organizations like TexProtects. These key players organize and shape what will be heard during session. To view a comprehensive list of child protection bills TexProtects is monitoring this legislative session, click here.

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Jennifer Lucy
Managing Director of Programs

Kerrie Judice
CPS Research and Policy Analyst

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