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Reading a Bill

What to Look for When Analyzing a Bill


This is intended for people new to analyzing bills in the Texas Legislature.  Reading a bill requires more than the ability to understand and analyze the words.  It also requires an understanding of the special phrases used and the structure of the bill.  The following links will walk you through some of this information. 

Bills and Resolutions

Versions of a Bill

Structure of a Bill

Effective Dates

Shall and May

Some of this material is adapted from a manual written for the Comptroller of Public Accounts and is used with their permission.