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Preparations for the 83rd Legislative Session
Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 11/21/2012 Views: 2136  Impressions: 7079
Categories: Government: State, Politics

The two months leading up to a legislative session are very busy times at the capitol. In addition to pre-filing, about which I wrote last week, members must choose their offices and their desks on the floor of the House. Every year, all of the offices undergo routine maintenance such as painting and carpet cleaning, which also will be completed before session begins.
Legislative offices, parking spaces, and desks are picked according to seniority. The longer a member has been in office, the more offices they are able to choose from, such as offices inside the original building, as opposed to the capitol extension. There are only 50 House offices in the original building, so these offices are in high demand, not only for their historical significance, but also because they are closer to the floor of the House. Members also get to choose where on the floor they sit, and since most of the desks are paired together, with whom they would like to sit. This year, my office is moving from the second floor of the Capitol extension to the fourth floor of the original building.
This year, there will be 43 new members out of 150 in the House. These new members will not get to move into their offices until the Saturday before the legislative session begins. The coming session begins on January 8, 2013. New members will also be attending several orientation meetings later this month and in December to prepare them for the session.
Members continue to pre-file bills for the upcoming session. As of this writing, 321 bills have been filed by members of the House and 106 by members of the Senate. Legislators are continuing to have bills drafted by the Legislative Council which will be filed after they are completed.
Please contact me regarding any legislation of interest to you. You can contact me by writing to P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910 or by e-mailing me at

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