If numbers from past Texas legislative sessions are an indicator, the Texas Legislature will probably pass more than 1,000 bills between now and the end of the 86th regular legislative session on May 27th. That’s a lot of bill passing, considering that the session started in January. Here are the numbers:
The number of bills introduced for 2019 session: 7,324
The number of bills passed so far (May 13, 2019): 186
The number of bills that will likely be passed by May 27, 2019: More than 1,000
Most legislative sessions work this way: Things are slow and friendly at first, and then they get a little heated and uglier towards the end.
In the 84th regular session, about 6,200 bills were introduced, and about 1,300 passed.
In the 85th regular session, about 6,600 bills were introduced, and about 1,200 passed.
The rest of the numbers in the graphic above relate to resolutions, which aren’t expressions of law and do things like rename post offices:
HCR: House Concurrent Resolution
HJR: House Joint Resolution
SCR: Senate Concurrent Resolution
SJR: Senate Joint Resolution
A "called session" means a special session that the governor calls during the summer to finish business that the Legislature didn’t or couldn't finish during a regular session, which meets from January to May every two years.