83rd Texas Legislative Session

2013 Texas Legislature Bill Tracker

The following are bills in the 83rd Texas Legislature that are relevant to research taking place at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and the expertise of our faculty. The bills are sorted into 4 general categories, listed on the tabs above. This webpage will be updated regularly with new bills as they are filed, accompanying resources, and the status of each bill as the session progresses.

If there are any bills not included on this list that you feel the Center should be following, please feel free to let us know by contacting our Center Coordinator, Heather Atteberry.

Latest News & Announcements

Governor Rick Perry vetoes bill that would have placed higher nutrition standards on beverages sold in schools.
June 14, 2013
“I support reasonable measures to sustainably improve the health and wellness of Texas students through nutrition. To that end, current Texas Public School Nutrition Policy already responsibly limits unnecessary, unhealthy access to high-sugar, high-calorie beverages. House Bill 217 takes this effort to an unreasonable and unnecessary extreme, and would limit access to such innocuous beverages as two percent milk.”

School Breakfast Bill Passes House
Texas Tribune – May 9, 2013
A bill that would provide free breakfast to children at Texas’ poorest schools is headed to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk after the House passed the measure 73-58… Read more >>

General Tools & Resources

 1. Texas Legislature Online: this website enables the public to view the status of legislation and provides the ability to search bill text, amendment text, and bill information.

2. Guide to Texas Legislative Information: this website provides explanations of each of the steps in the Texas legislative process including diagrams of how a bill becomes law.

3. Texas Tribune Elected Officials Directory: read bios of and get current personal data for the 242 occupants of the state’s highest offices. Get their contact information (including social media), staffer information, and electoral histories.

4. Who Represents Me: find out who represents you in the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education.

5. Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living blog: our Center experts discuss the latest news and research in public health.  You can also view the archive of child health bills filed in the previous legislative session here.