87th Texas Legislative Session

2021 Texas Legislature Bill Tracker

Since the 2013 session, the Center has hosted a legislative bill tracker that identifies proposed bills related to child and adolescent health and to research taking place at the Center and the expertise of our faculty.

The 2021 legislative tracker is segmented into general categories: early childhood education, food policy, school/after-school care, tobacco/e-cigarettes, and more. Each legislative biennium, Center students and staff identify related bills as new bills are filed and the status of each bill as the session progresses. Each category of the legislative tracker is accompanied by relevant resources.

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 Communication Specialist, Kate Neal.

Texas Legislative Glossary

2021 Texas Legislature Dates of Interest

November 3, 2020: General election for federal, state, and county officers (Texas Election Code, Section 41.001(a)(3))
November 9, 2020: Bill prefiling begins (House Rule 8, Section 7 and Senate Rule 7.04(a))
January 12, 2021: 87th Legislature convenes at noon (Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 5(a); Texas Government Code, Section 301.001)
March 12, 2021: 60-day bill filing deadline (Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 5(b))
May 31, 2021: Adjournment sine die (Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 24(b))
June 20, 2021: Post-session 20-day deadline for Governor to sign or veto (Texas Constitution, Article IV, Section 14)
August 30, 2021: Effective date (91st day after adjournment) (Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 39)