One particular day looms large during the Texas Legislative Session – bill filing deadline. This pivotal moment occurs, by rule, on the 60th day of each session. This year, that date falls on Friday, March 13, 2015. State lawmakers have just about one week from today to put the final touches on their legislative packages and formally submit them for consideration.
After the first 60 calendar days of a regular session, any bill or joint resolution, except local bills, emergency appropriations, and all emergency matters submitted by the governor in special messages to the legislature, shall require an affirmative vote of four-fifths of those members present and voting to be introduced.
Texas State Representatives and State Senators have filed a total of over 3,400 bills to date. During both the 2013 and the 2011 sessions, over 6000 bills were filed. If that number from our two previous sessions is any indication, Texans can expect a flurry of new filings in the upcoming days.