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Relating to adopting a Joint Rule of the Senate and House of Representatives assigning to each bill passed by the legislature a legislative act number.
HCR 135 would require that after the final passage of the bill, the director assign the bill a Texas Legislative Act number. The bill would then be enrolled as a Legislative Act number on the face of the enrolled bill, and the originating house's bill number would be removed. The bill expressly does not prohibit including the originating house's bill number in the certification of the bill's passage. All future references to the enrolled bill would use only the Texas Legislative Act number.
Texas Action remains neutral on HCR 135 as it does not affect our liberty principles. While we have some concern that this might create confusion for people who do not regularly engage in legislative tracking and bill analysis, this bill represents a procedural change that the Legislature is entirely within its power to consider.