1. Why am I having trouble selecting statute sections or displaying the text properly?

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  2. How often are the constitution and statutes updated?

    Changes to the constitution that are approved by the legislature must be submitted to the voters for final approval. The legislature convenes for regular sessions in January of odd-numbered years, and virtually all constitutional amendments are submitted to the voters in the November general election following a regular session of the legislature.   As soon as possible following the certification of the election results, within 30 days of the election, the constitutional amendments that are approved by the voters are incorporated into the constitution.  Based on past history, changes approved by the voters in November will be reflected on this website by the following January or February.

    Beginning in September following the legislative session in which amendments are proposed, see the Analyses of Proposed Constitutional Amendments publication for information about proposed amendments.  Following the election, see the Constitutional Amendments Search tool to determine which amendments were adopted by the voters.

    Changes to the statutes enacted in the most recent legislative session are incorporated as soon as possible.  Based on past history, the statutes are updated with the changes enacted in a regular session (January through May of odd-numbered years) six to eight months after that session has adjourned.

    Before the statutes are updated, use Texas Legislature Online to search, by subject, for enrolled bills and read summaries of the enrolled bills.  Use the Index to Sections Affected tool to determine whether statute sections of interest to you were amended by any bills passed.

  3. Are the entire constitution and all of the statutes included for the State of Texas?

    Yes, with the exception of uncodified temporary provisions and local statutes.

  4. Can I download a copy of the constitution or part of the statutes to my computer?

    Yes.  On the Download page, click on one of the icons next to the document. You have three format options:

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  5. Why does the code download not work or terminate?

    Web browsers are not the best protocol for downloading files.  Our code files are also stored on our FTP site.

  6. What is a zipped file? How do I download it?

    A zipped file is a normal file that has been compressed to a smaller size so that it takes less time to download.  Click the icon to download the file, then unzip it using any unzip program.  If you do not have an unzip program, download one from any of the major shareware sites, such as www.winzip.com.

  7. How can I find information on a particular topic, such as employment or insurance?

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  8. Have the Texas statutes been placed in the public domain?  Are they copyrighted?

    We cannot give you legal advice on your intended use.  The official text of state statutes and other state laws are generally not subject to a copyright claim.  However, West Group may have a copyright interest in the organization and arrangement of the constitution and the statutes unofficially compiled in Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes. To the extent West Group has such an interest, use would be regulated under copyright law.

  9. Where can I find the Administrative Code?

    The Administrative Code, which contains Texas state agency rules and regulations, is available through the Office of the Secretary of State.

  10. Where can I report problems with the web page?

    If you encounter a problem with the statutes web page (such as a search error, missing text, or a broken link), please report the problem using the problem report form.

    The Texas Legislative Council offers the Texas Statutes to the public "as is."  It makes no warranty as to the accuracy of the data, and users rely on the data entirely at their own risk.  It is unable to aid in the conduct of research or offer legal advice. Please direct such requests to your local public library, the Legislative Reference Library, or an attorney as appropriate.