How To Track Bills in the Texas Legislature

The Texas Legislature only meets for 5 months every 2 years. Due to the condensed time frame, the sheer volume of bills can be dizzying, and covering them and knowing what fresh hell the Texas GOP and the mega-wealthy lobbies behind them are trying to push through can be hard to keep track of.

We’re doing our best to keep the process out in the daylight.

But this is y’all’s movement after all, and knowing how to keep tabs on your State Representatives and Senators is crucial. Here’s how:

1. Navigate your web browser to the Texas Legislature Online:

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/

2. You’ll see an Input Field. Here you can search for a specific bill, follow the status of a bill, search the text of a bill, or do any number of things.

3. To keep things simple, you may wish to create a Bill List – a running list of pieces of legislation you’d like to track this session.

4. On the TLO home page, in the top left corner, you’ll see a Navigation Item called “My TLO.” It’s right next to “Home.”

5. Click on My TLO. Create an account if necessary – it’s simple, just make sure you use a secure password and that the email account you use has Two-Factor Authentication enabled.

6. Once you click on My TLO, your browser will open a page that looks like this:

Texas-Legislature-Online-My-TLO-Page

7. We’ve found that the most useful tools are Bill List, with which you can create a list of bills to track, and Alerts, so that when a bill moves or something’s happening with a bill at the Legislature you’ll get an email update for that bill.

And that’s it! You’re up and running. Simple. Let us know how it goes in the Comments!

 

 

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