• Update on the 83rd Texas Legislature
  • July 5, 2013 | Authors: Thomas J. Bond; Elizabeth Ross Hadley; Demetrius G. McDaniel
  • Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Austin Office
  • The Texas Government Law and Policy section is pleased to provide you with an overview of the major issues of the 83rd Texas Legislature and First Called Special Session. The Texas Legislature meets biannually for 140 days in odd-numbered years. The 83rd Legislative session began on Tuesday, January 8th and adjourned sine die on Monday, May 27th. Governor Rick Perry immediately called the legislature into a special session upon final adjournment of the regular session. The 1st Called Special Session of the 83rd Legislature ended at midnight on June 25th and made national headlines. The next day Perry announced that the 2nd Called Special Session will begin on Monday, July 1st at 2:00 p.m. Below are the major issues from the regular session, a summary of bills vetoed by the Governor, a summary of legislation from the 1st Called Special Session and an update on the 2nd Called Special Session.