Advocacy

APRIL 2016

Child Abuse Prevention Month

May 2016

National Foster Care Month

 

Find your Texas Legislator

Find your legislator by entering your address, or browse a list of current elected officials in Texas.

TexProtects has compiled a list of committee assignments for our elected officials in the attached for our State Senators and our State Representatives. They have limited the list to those committees in which child protection legislation is generally referred. Please take note of the legislators from your district/city who have been assigned to these key committees.

84th Legislative Session Summary

85th Legislative Session Interim Charges

 

Guide to Texas Legislative Information

Texas Legislature 101

  • Texas has a biennial legislature that meets in Regular Session starting on the second Tuesday of January in odd-numbered years.
  • Regular Sessions last for 140 days or twenty weeks. The Governor can also call Special Sessions of the legislature. These last 30 days or until the legislature decides to adjourn.
  • Texas has two lawmaking bodies, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate.
  • The House has 150 members elected to two-year terms (average population of district is around 150,000). The presiding officer in the House is the Speaker who is elected by a vote of the members.
  • The Senate has 31 members who normally serve four-year terms (average population of district is around 800,000). The Lt. Governor presides over the Senate and is elected statewide.

Helpful Resources:

Understanding the Texas Child Protection System

Where to find statistical information about children in DFPS care

Child Welfare League of America

Prevent Child Abuse of America

TCCWB Child Welfare Board Brochure – Customizable