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Overview

Agency History

Legislative Office History

George W. Bush Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Director Dan Shelley's correspondence, 1994-1995, bulk 1995,

Deputy Director Lizzette Gonzales' files, 1988, 1990, 1992-2000, undated, bulk 1998-2000

Bill files, 1995-1999,

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission bill files, 1999,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Governor George W. Bush:

An Inventory of Governor George W. Bush Legislative Office Records Located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, 1988, 1990, 1992-2000, undated, bulk 1995-2000



Overview

Creator: Texas. Governor (1995-2000 : Bush)
Title: Governor George W. Bush Legislative Office records
Dates: 1988, 1990, 1992-2000, undated
Dates: bulk 1995-2000
Abstract: The Legislative Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush (also referred to as the Legislative Affairs Office) advised the governor on legislative matters and assisted in developing and promoting the governor's legislative goals. These records include bill files (correspondence, signature sheets, action reports, bill analyses, bill histories, copies of bills (initial, enrolled, engrossed), memoranda, notes, press releases, and news clippings), correspondence (letters, memoranda, e-mail, and faxes), resumes, and subject files (containing notes, articles, newspaper clippings, press releases, reports, tables, issue papers, briefing documents, talking points, conference papers, procedure drafts, brochures, agenda, legislation, litigation, etc.), dating 1988, 1990, 1992-2000, and undated, bulk 1995-2000.
Quantity: 114 cubic ft.
Location: The records are located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state, elected by the citizens every four years. The duties and responsibilities of the governor include serving as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces; convening special sessions of the legislature for specific purposes; delivering to the legislature at the beginning of each regular session a report on the condition of the state, an accounting of all public money under the governor's control, a recommended biennial budget, an estimate of the amounts of money required to be raised by taxation, and any recommendations he deems necessary; signing or vetoing bills passed by the legislature; and executing the laws of the state. The governor can grant reprieves and commutations of punishment and pardons, upon the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and revoke conditional pardons. He appoints numerous state officials (with the consent of the Senate), fills vacancies in state and district offices (except vacancies in the legislature), calls special elections to fill vacancies in the legislature, fills vacancies in the United States Senate until an election can be held, and serves as ex officio member of several state boards.

The office of governor was first established by the Constitution of 1845 and superseded the office of president of the Republic of Texas. The position now exists under authority of Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of 1876 and Texas Government Code, Chapter 401. To be elected governor, a person must be at least thirty years old, a United States citizen, and a resident of Texas for at least five years preceding the election. In 1972, the term of office was extended from two to four years, effective in 1975. Since 1856 the governor has had the use of the Governor's Mansion.

In 1999 there were 198 full time equivalent employees in the Office of the Governor. Thirteen divisions outside of the Executive Office assist the governor in carrying out his functions: Administration, Appointments, Budget & Planning, Communications, General Counsel, Legislative, Policy, Scheduling, Criminal Justice Division, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, Office of Film, Music, Television and Multimedia Industries, Women's Commission, and Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 9th and 10th eds., (1996 and 1999); the contents of the records; and versions of the Governor's Office web site during Governor Bush's term available on the Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on March 3, 2009.)

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Legislative Office History

The Legislative Office (also referred to as the Legislative Affairs Office) in the Office of the Texas Governor advises the governor on legislative matters and assists in developing and promoting the governor's legislative goals. Former State Senator Dan Shelley served as Legislative Director in 1995 and part of 1996; Terral Smith served as director from 1996 to 2000. Deputy directors (from one to three at a given time) were Stacie Lawson (1995-1996), Michael Jewell (1997), Greg Davidson (1997-2000), Lizzette Gonzales (1997-2000), and Laura Lawlor (1999).

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George W. Bush Biographical Sketch

George W. Bush served as governor of Texas from January 17, 1995 to December 21, 2000, resigning as governor in the middle of his second term to become president of the United States.

He challenged the incumbent governor, Democrat Ann Richards, running on promises to improve public education and to reform the juvenile justice system, welfare, and the state's tort laws -- the system under which an injured person may sue for damages. During the 74th Legislature in 1995, he worked with the Democrats who controlled both houses of the Texas legislature and managed to get bills passed that dealt with the four issues he had emphasized in his campaign. Bush was seen as pro-business and a consensus-builder.

Bush advocated and signed the two largest tax cuts to date in Texas history, totaling over $3 billion. To pay for the cuts, he sought (unsuccessfully) federal approval of a plan to privatize Texas' social services. Education reform was a priority throughout his terms, with legislation emphasizing local control of schools, higher standards, and a revised curriculum. Controversy has followed, with charter schools mired in financial scandals and protests against one test determining a child's promotion. After winning reelection in 1998, Bush began his bid for the presidency and was not as involved in the 76th Legislature in 1999.

George W. Bush was born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He graduated from Andover Academy, and received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's from Harvard Business School. He served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. In 1978, Bush was defeated in a run for the U.S. Congress in West Texas. He was involved in energy exploration from the 1970s into the 1980s. From 1989 until his election as governor, Bush worked with the Texas Rangers baseball organization, leading a group of partners in purchasing the team, and then serving as managing general partner. He married Laura Welch in 1977; they have two daughters.

(Sources include: Versions of the Governor's Office web site during Governor Bush's term available on the Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on March 3, 2009.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Legislative Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush (also referred to as the Legislative Affairs Office) advised the governor on legislative matters and assisted in developing and promoting the governor's legislative goals. These records include bill files (correspondence, signature sheets, action reports, bill analyses, bill histories, copies of bills (initial, enrolled, engrossed), memoranda, notes, press releases, and news clippings), correspondence (letters, memoranda, e-mail, and faxes), resumes, and subject files (containing notes, articles, newspaper clippings, press releases, reports, tables, issue papers, briefing documents, talking points, conference papers, procedure drafts, brochures, agenda, legislation, litigation, etc.). They date 1988, 1990, 1992-2000, and undated, bulk 1995-2000. These records document the work of the Governor's office in promoting the passage of key legislation during the 74th, 75th, and 76th Texas Legislatures.

The staff records (Director's correspondence, and Deputy Director's research/resource files) are particularly rich in documenting education (especially the promotion of literacy and reading, the "school-to-work" concept of matching education with society's demonstrated vocational/career needs, school finance reform, and charter schools). Also covered (although minimally so) are a variety of other issues: child support enforcement, border trade and transportation, unmarried teen parents, a statewide gang database, illegal gambling, welfare reform, sexual misconduct by clergy and mental health/health care professionals, prison overcrowding, tort reform, hazardous waste disposal, regulation of mortgage lenders, concealed handguns, initiative/referendum, etc. The most voluminous of this office's records are the bill files, which likely cover the full spectrum of legislative advocacy by the Governor's office.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized by the agency and State Archives staff into four series.
Director Dan Shelley's correspondence, 1994-1995, bulk 1995, 0.2 cubic ft.
Deputy Director Lizzette Gonzales' files, 1988, 1990, 1992-2000, undated, bulk 1995-2000, 2.8 cubic ft.
Bill files, 1995-1999, 110 cubic ft.
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission bill files, 1999, 1 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions, an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Records series described in this finding aid have access restrictions specific to each of them. The terms of access are found following the series' descriptions.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Shelley, Dan.
Gonzales, Lizzette.
LaMontagne, Margaret.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Office of the Governor.
Texas. Adult Education Accountability Task Force.
Texas Workforce Commission.
United States. Dept. of Education.
Texas Education Agency.
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
Subjects:
Literacy programs--Texas.
Educational law and legislation--Texas.
Education and state--Texas.
Child support--Law and legislation--Texas.
Gang prevention--Texas.
Teenage parents--Government policy--Texas.
Public welfare--Texas.
Gambling--Law and legislation--Texas.
Legislation--Texas.
Transportation--Law and legislation--Texas.
Sexual ethics for youth--Texas.
Reclamation of land--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Texas--Officials and employees--Selection and appointment.
Texas--Commerce--Mexico.
Mexico--Commerce--Texas.
Mexican-American Border Region.
Document Types:
Resumes--Texas--Governors--1995.
Correspondence--Texas--Governors--1988, 1990, 1992-2000, undated.
Clippings--Texas--Governors--1988, 1990, 1992-2000, undated.
Reports--Texas--Governors--1988, 1990, 1992-2000, undated.
Legislative records--Texas--Governors--1988, 1990, 1992-2000, undated.
Press releases--Texas--Governors--1988, 1990, 1992-2000, undated.
Functions:
Analyzing legislation.
Supporting legislation.
Evaluating legislation.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Governor George W. Bush, Senior Advisor's Office records, 1948, 1964-1965, 1978, 1980-1983, 1986-2000, undated, bulk 1995-2000, 88 cubic ft. [specifically Education issue files I and II, Education reference materials, and Education bill files]
Texas Governor George W. Bush, Policy Office records, 1970, 1982-2000, bulk 1995-2000, 63.25 cubic ft. [specifically Bill files]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Governor George W. Bush Legislative Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2002/151, 2003/026

In December 2000, Governor George W. Bush designated the George Bush Presidential Library as the repository for the records from his tenure as Governor of Texas, under authority of Texas Government Code, Section 441.201. Shortly after he left office, the records were shipped to the Bush Library in College Station, Texas. Texas Attorney General John Cornyn ruled the records are state records subject to the Texas Public Information Act and the management of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission even after transfer to a federal facility (Opinion No. JC-0498, May 3, 2002). In July 2002 the records were transferred from the Bush Library to the Texas State Archives in Austin for preparation for research use. In June 2003, a memorandum of understanding signed by representatives of the National Archives and Records Administration, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and George W. Bush replaced a January 2002 interim memorandum of understanding. The records were moved to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in February 2013.

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission bill files were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor on October 9, 2002.

Processing Information

Preliminary survey by Nancy Enneking, September 2002

Preliminary survey of TNRCC bill files by Tonia J. Wood, October 2002

Director Dan Shelley's correspondence and Deputy Director Lizzette Gonzales' files processed by Tony Black, December 2002

Legislative Office records recreated as a stand-alone finding aid to comply with TARO file size restrictions by Tony Black, November 2010

Bill files processed by Tony Black, November 2010

TNRCC bill files processed by Tony Black, December 2010

Finding aid updated by Tonia J. Wood, April 2013

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Director Dan Shelley's correspondence, 1994-1995, bulk 1995,
0.2 cubic ft.

The Director of the Legislative Office advised Texas Governor George W. Bush on legislative matters and assisted in developing and promoting the governor's legislative goals. These records comprise correspondence of Dan Shelley, Director of the Legislative Office during the first year of Texas Governor George W. Bush's first term, and include correspondence, resumes, press releases, and news clippings, dated 1994-1995 (some from December 1994, but mostly January-March 1995). Most of the correspondence is from private citizens and state elected and appointed officials, addressed to Dan Shelley (with a few items to Governor or Governor-elect Bush). The majority are requests for appointments, either by third parties recommending another, or by the job-seeker him/herself (hence the large number of resumes). A smaller number of items involve support for, or opposition to, proposed legislation, on a variety of issues: sexual misconduct by clergy, psychotherapists, and health care professionals; prison overcrowding; tort reform; hazardous waste disposal; regulation of mortgage lenders; concealed handguns; initiative/referendum; etc.
Former Texas State Senator Dan Shelley was appointed Director of the Legislative Office (he was sometimes also referred to as Legislative Liaison) by governor-elect George W. Bush, and served during 1995 (and part of 1996). He was replaced as Director by former State Representative (1981-1991) Terral Smith, who served through the rest of Governor Bush's tenure.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff alphabetically by last name of correspondent.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Director Dan Shelley's correspondence, Texas Governor George W. Bush Legislative Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, social security numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); personal family information (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117); Texas driver's license numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.130); and written or oral communications by citizens to members of the legislature (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 306.004), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Dan Shelley was a Texas State Senator until the start of the 74th Legislature (January 10, 1995); therefore all citizens' communications to him as legislator may be confidential.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, December 2002
Box
2002/151-5 Alexander - Armstrong, 1995
Blair, 1994
Bookalam - Bickerstaff, 1995
Czop - Calhoun, 1995
Douglas - Dvorak, 1995
Eversole, 1995
Francis - Field, 1995
Goolsby - Garlington, 1995
[Contains possibly excepted information: social security number, driver's license number]
Humble Area Chamber of Commerce - Hunter, 1995
[Contains possibly excepted information: written communication by citizen to member of the legislature]
Jackson, 1995
"K," 1994
[Contains possibly excepted information: written communication by citizen to member of the legislature]
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 9502030074]
Keyser - Kelly, 1995
Lipp - Lacy, 1994-1995
Moffat - Moffat, 1995
Niziol, 1995
Olivier - Ogg, 1995
Pardue - Petty, 1995
Ratliff - Rountree, 1995
[Contains possibly excepted information: social security number]
Sanborn - Smith, 1995
[3 folders]
[Folder 3 contains possibly excepted information: social security number, Texas driver's license number, personal family information]
Thomas, 1995
Wyatt - Wilson, 1995
Zacek, 1995

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Deputy Director Lizzette Gonzales' files, 1988, 1990, 1992-2000, undated, bulk 1998-2000
2.8 cubic ft.

The Deputy Director in Texas Governor George W. Bush's Legislative Office assisted in developing and promoting the governor's legislative goals. These records are mainly resource/research files of Lizzette Gonzales, Deputy Director of the Legislative Office under Governor George W. Bush. They include correspondence (especially memoranda, e-mail, and faxes), notes, articles, newspaper clippings, press releases, reports, tables, issue papers, briefing documents, talking points, conference papers, procedure drafts, brochures, agenda, legislation, litigation, etc., dating 1988, 1990, 1992-2000, and undated, bulk 1998-2000. Topics of these subject files include education above all else (including literacy, school-to-work, school finance, and charter schools), but also child support enforcement, border trade and transportation, unmarried teen parents, a statewide gang database, illegal gambling, and welfare reform.
Less than one-third of the material is labeled "legislative agenda issues" and contains notes, memos, correspondence, email, tables, articles, issue papers, reports, press releases, legislation, executive summaries, newspaper clippings, brochures, agenda, etc. These files date 1988, 1993, 1995-2000, and undated. Many of these files deal with education issues, which is also the overall label of the rest of the files, containing correspondence, e-mail, notes, articles, newspaper clippings, press releases, reports, briefing documents, conference papers, procedure drafts, legislation, litigation, etc., dating 1990, 1992, 1994-2000, and undated.
Correspondents include Texas Education Agency (especially Mike Moses, Commissioner of Education), U.S. Department of Education, Texas Workforce Commission (especially Commissioner Diane Rath and Mark Butler, State Coordinator, School-to-Careers), Texas state legislators and legislative committees, staff of the Texas Governor's Office (especially Margaret LaMontagne, Ara Marjanian, Jennifer Piskun, Jim Underwood, Debra Esterak, Alberto Gonzales, Ashley Copeland, and Terral Smith), Governor Bush himself, the Adult Education Accountability Task Force, and education-related vendors and organizations. Deputy Director Lizzette Gonzales is either the sender or the recipient of most of the e-mail, and a few of the letters; the rest of the communications seem to have been either referred to her for response or copied to her for her information. Much of it went through Margaret LaMontagne.
Lizzette Gonzales was one of the Deputy Directors of the Legislative Office during the tenure of Governor George W. Bush, at least from 1997-2000. Other persons who held one of the positions of Deputy Director were Stacie Lawson (1995-1996), Michael Jewell (1997), Laura Lawlor (1999), and Greg Davidson (1997-2000); however, none of them seem to be referenced in these files.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff in two groups: legislative agenda issues, and education issues. (The first group does contain some files that deal with education issues as well.) Within each group, files are maintained in the order received from the agency; arrangement is by topic, but there is neither an alphabetical nor a chronological order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Deputy Director Lizzette Gonzales' files, Texas Governor George W. Bush Legislative Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, Texas driver's license numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.130); audit working papers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.116); agency memoranda (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.111); and attorney-client privilege (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.107), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, December 2002
Legislative agenda issues, 1988, 1993, 1995-2000, undated
Box
2002/151-3 Child support proposals, 1997-1998, undated
[7 folders]
Eliminate Internet access tax, 1998-1999
Border issues, 1999
[Subjects include: border trade and transportation.]
Governor's reading initiative (latest drafts), 1996-1997
[3 folders]
H. B. [House Bill] 107: Reading, 1997
Public education: Governor's reading initiative, 1996-1997
[5 folders]
Public education: school finance, 1988, 1995-1997, undated,
[8 folders]
Public education: S.B. [Senate Bill] 7, 1993, 1995:
School Finance Handbook, June 1993
School Finance: Three States' Experiences with Equity in School Funding, December 1995
May-June 1995
Last chance homes, 1997-1998, undated
[3 folders]
[unmarried teen parents]
Statewide gang database, 1998-1999, undated
[3 folders]
Ready To Read grants proposal, 1998-2000, undated
[4 folders]
Welfare-to-Work legislative package, 1999, undated
[2 folders]
Gambling bill: Outlaw 8-liners, 1997-1999, undated
[3 folders]
[includes report of Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling]
Education issues, 1990, 1992, 1994-2000, undated
Box
2002/151-3 Adult education, 1998-2000:
1999-2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: Texas driver's license number]
Houston READ Commission, 1999
2000
What Jobs Require: literacy, education, and training, 1940-2006, 1999
1998-2000
2000
[4 folders]
Adult Education Accountability Task Force, 1999-2000, undated
[4 folders]
Adult Education: follow-up, 2000
[4 folders]
Adult ESL [English as a Second Language]: BiLingual, 1990, 1997-2000:
"Survey of Displaced Workers' Views about their ESL classes," 1999
1999
It's Never Too Late To Learn, 2000
Equipped for the Future: A reform agenda for adult literacy and lifetime learning, 1997
"Family Literacy and Adult Education," 1998
1990, 1999
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 9908200240]
Adult Education Accountability Task Force: literacy, 1995-2000:
1999-2000
1998-1999
Houston READ Commission, 1997-1999
Increasing the Percentage of Adults with a High School Diploma, September 1999
Assessment and Accountability Forum, summer 1999
1998-1999
1995-1996, 1999
Box
2002/151-4 School to Work '99, 1998-1999:
1998-1999
Texas School-to-Careers Substate Application, 1998
Survey of Displaced Workers' Views about their ESL classes, 1998
Expanding Your Options: ...A Directory for Workforce Development Coalitions, 1998-1999
1998-1999
School-to-Work, 1996-1999:
1996, 1998-1999
1997-1998
School-to-Work: The Coming Collision, 1998
1998
Response to Texas Education Agency rebuttal of Design for Mediocrity, March 1998
STW [School-to-Work], 1995-1997, 2000:
1995-1997
1995-1996
[2 folders]
[Folder 1 contains correspondence assigned the following unique numbers: 9511070042, 9510050017]
[Folder 2 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 9607260079]
Career Academies: Impacts on Students' Engagement and Performance in High School, March 2000
STW [loose material], 1995-1999:
"School-to-Work in Texas: Showcase for National Education Reform," April 1998
1996-1998
"Report to Congress: Implementation of the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994," 1998
1996, 1999
School-to-Work System Solutions to State-level Problems, 1995
1998
Various websites, March 1998
1997-1998
Texas Workforce Commission, Grant Performance and Financial Status Reports, May 1998
School-to-Careers activities, 1998
STW, 1998:
Texas Workforce Commission, Grant Performance and Financial Status Reports, May 1998
Second Year State Application draft materials, May 1998
Texas School-to-Careers Substate Application for Year-Two Implementation, April 1998
STW '99, Pt. II, 1999-2000
[4 folders]
STW [School-to-Work] conference, 2000, undated:
June 2000
[web pages]
Tech prep and School-to-Work guidebook, undated
Education That Works, November 2000
STW, 1992, 1995-1999, undated:
1995-1996, 1998
National Center on Education and the Economy, [1995]
School-to-Work: What Does Research Say About It?, undated
1992, 1996, undated
Lessons That Last a Lifetime; Parents' Handbook for Successful Schools, 1998, undated
1996-1997, 1999
School-to-Work, 1998-1999
[5 folders]
Box
2002/151-5 STW (fall 2000), 1998-2000:
1998-2000
[2 folders]
Linking School-to-Careers with Economic Development, August-September 2000
1999-2000
[2 folders]
From Innovative Programs to Systematic Education Reform, April 2000
2000
Charters issues (fall/winter 2000):
2000
Broken Promises, September 2000
2000
Draft report on evolution of Texas charter school application and selection process, May 2000
Formal complaint, September 2000
The charter selection process, 1999-2000, undated
[3 folders]
Charter Association, 1998-2000
Charters: Special, 1999-2000
Charters: articles, surveys, etc., 1998-2000
[4 folders]
Charters: management companies, 1999-2000, undated
[3 folders]
Montessori questions, 2000
The State of Charter Schools, 2000
Texas Open-Enrollment Charter Schools: Third Year Evaluation, March 2000
Charter schools statistics, 1999:
Item 1
Item 2
Item 3
Item 4
Items 5-6
Item 7
Item 8
Items 9-10
Item 11
Item 12
"Special" issues: Texas charters, 1999-2000
[5 folders]
School choice, 1999-2000
[2 folders]
School Choice: What's Happening in the States, 2000
After school, 1999-2000
[5 folders]
[Texas After-School Initiative for Middle Schools]
Lone Star Leaders: after school programs, 1998-1999
[2 folders]
Education publications, 1999:
Working Toward Excellence: examining the effectiveness of New American Schools designs, February 1999
No Excuses, by Samuel Casey Carter, 1999
Promising Initiatives To Improve Education in your Community, 1999
General Education stuff: SB 7 report, Dan [Shelley?] stuff, etc., 1994-1997, 1999-2000:
1997
"Why Education Experts Resist Effective Practices," 2000
Report of Joint Select Committee to Review the Central Education Agency [Senate Bill 7], December 1994
1995-1996, 1999

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Bill files, 1995-1999,
110 cubic ft.

The Legislative Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush (also referred to as the Legislative Affairs Office) advised the governor on legislative matters and assisted in developing and promoting the governor's legislative goals. These records are bill files for the 74th, 75th, and 76th Legislature, 1995-1999, maintained by Governor Bush's Legislative Office. The files contain correspondence, signature sheets, action reports, bill analyses, bill histories, copies of bills (initial, enrolled, engrossed), memoranda, notes, press releases, and news clippings. They date 1995, 1997, and 1999.
Bill files for the 74th Legislature, 1995, usually consist of two folders per bill. It appears only the bills actually signed by the Governor are included in the files documenting the 74th Legislature. The first file can contain the following types of materials (though few files contain all of these items): correspondence between the Governor's Office and the bill author re: bill signing; copy of the Governor's signature sheet (with his signature as well as the Lieutenant Governor's, the Speaker's, and the Clerk's); Governor's action report; Governor's Legislative Steering Group (LSG) bill analysis; Legislative Information System (LIS) bill history; a copy of the enrolled bill; and memoranda. The second file can contain the following types of materials (though few files contain all of these items): a red delivery sheet (bill has been delivered to Governor's office) with a timeline for the Governor's signing process; LSG bill analysis; copy of the bill as passed and sent to the Governor; House Research Organization (HRO) bill analysis; bill amendments; LIS House Committee bill analysis report; copy of the initial bill; copy of engrossed bill; and enrolled bill memorandum checklists. Very rarely, some files contain a subject file on the topic of the bill, as, for example, the Clean Air Act. Such files can contain notes, press releases, clippings, memoranda, and/or correspondence.
For the 75th Legislature, 1997, it appears as though all (or at least the vast majority) of the bills introduced during the 75th Legislature are represented in bill files documenting that session. Bills that were not signed contain far less, often minimal, documentation. The legislative process in the Governor's Office is best documented by the bill files created during this Session. The most minimal bill files contain only a single copy of a filed bill. Other, more complete files contain some combination of the following: Enrolled bill memorandum checklist; Legislation delivery and timeline sheet; LIS bill history; LIS House Committee bill analysis report; LIS Senate committee witness list report; LIS House committee witness list report; Legislative Budget Board (LBB) fiscal note; LSG - bill progress tracking chart, bill survey form, Senate committee report analysis form, Senate passed analysis form, House committee report analysis form, House passed analysis form, conference committee analysis form, final bill analysis form with signing recommendation (all the LSG documents were created by the Governor's Office to analyze the bill); HRO bill analysis; copies of the various stages and evolutions of the bill and attachments; correspondence (some copies of letters in colored folders--usually red but sometimes pink or gold--the originals of which are most likely filed with Correspondence/Constituent Services Office, Central correspondence file); memoranda (from agencies, others); bill signing ceremony request form, and the Governor's signature sheet.
For the 76th Legislature, 1999, it appears as though all (or at least the vast majority) of the bills introduced during the 76th Legislature are represented in bill files documenting that session. Bills that were not signed contain far less, often minimal, documentation. Materials typically found in these files are LBB criminal justice policy impact statements, fiscal notes, actuarial and funding impact statements; copies of bills at various stages; and copies of correspondence. Some files contain only a single copy of the bill in question, some contain the majority of the documents listed, but the average file contains simply several bill copies, the legislation delivery and timeline sheet, and a copy of the Governor's signature sheet. Bill analyses from any of the bodies involved in the legislative process appear to be missing. The information documenting the decision making in the Governor's Office seems to be largely absent.
See also Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office bill files.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by creating agency and State Archives staff by legislative session, then type (House or Senate bill or resolution), and then numerically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Bill files, Texas Governor George W. Bush Legislative Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, audit working papers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.116); agency memoranda (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.111); and attorney-client privilege (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.107), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Preliminary survey by Nancy Enneking, September 2002
Processed by Tony Black, November 2010
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2002/151-485 74th Legislative session, 1995
Senate Concurrent Resolutions: SCR 1 thru 179
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2002/151-486 Senate Bills: SB 1 thru 46
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2002/151-487 SB 47 thru 301
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2002/151-488 SB 374 thru 606
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2002/151-489 SB 607 thru 752
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2002/151-490 SB 753 thru 959
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2002/151-491 SB 964 thru 1217
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2002/151-492 SB 1222 thru 1439
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2002/151-493 SB 1443 thru 1697
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2002/151-494 House Concurrent Resolutions: HCR 1 thru 253
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2002/151-495 House Bills: HB 1 thru 432
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2002/151-496 HB 433 thru 770
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2002/151-497 HB 774 thru 1127
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2002/151-498 HB 1136 thru 1475
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2002/151-499 HB 1479 thru 1717
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2002/151-500 HB 1718 thru 2015
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2002/151-501 HB 2020 thru 2216
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2002/151-502 HB 2226 thru 2569
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2002/151-503 HB 2574 thru 2980
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2002/151-504 HB 2990 thru 3235
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2002/151-505 75th Legislative session, 1997
Senate Bills: SB 1 thru 52
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2002/151-506 SB 53 thru 133
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2002/151-507 SB 134 thru 220
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2002/151-508 SB 221 thru 309
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2002/151-509 SB 310 thru 369
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2002/151-510 SB 370 thru 435
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2002/151-529 SB 386
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2002/151-559 SB 386: Correspondence--Con
SB 386: Correspondence--Pro
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2002/151-511 SB 437 thru 534
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2002/151-512 SB 535 thru 619
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2002/151-513 SB 620 thru 712
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2002/151-514 SB 713 thru 840
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2002/151-515 SB 841 thru 900
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2002/151-516 SB 901 thru 985
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2002/151-517 SB 986 thru 1104
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2002/151-518 SB 1105 thru 1240
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2002/151-519 SB 1241 thru 1285
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2002/151-520 SB 1286 thru 1394
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2002/151-521 SB 1395 thru 1517
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2002/151-522 SB 1518 thru 1639
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2002/151-523 SB 1640 thru 1766
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2002/151-524 SB 1767 thru 1876
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2002/151-525 SB 1877 thru 1958
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2002/151-528 SB 1948
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2002/151-526 House Concurrent Resolutions: HCR 1 thru 219
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2002/151-527 HCR 220 thru 343
Senate Concurrent Resolutions: SCR 1 thru 116
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2002/151-528 Senate Joint Resolutions: SJR 6 thru 48
House Joint Resolutions: HJR 1 thru 123
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2002/151-529 House Bills: HB 1
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2002/151-530 HB 4
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2002/151-531 HB 1 thru 92A
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2002/151-529 HB 92
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2002/151-532 HB 92B thru 169
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2002/151-533 HB 170 thru 324
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2002/151-534 HB 325 thru 448
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2002/151-535 HB 449 thru 599
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2002/151-536 HB 600 thru 731
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2002/151-537 HB 732 thru 869
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2002/151-538 HB 870 thru 993
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2002/151-539 HB 994 thru 1135
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2002/151-540 HB 1136 thru 1232
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2002/151-541 HB 1233 thru 1356
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2002/151-542 HB 1357 thru 1481
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2002/151-543 HB 1483 thru 1596
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2002/151-544 HB 1597 thru 1709
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2002/151-545 HB 1710 thru 1840
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2002/151-546 HB 1841 thru 1960
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2002/151-529 HB 1845
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2002/151-547 HB 1961 thru 2074
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2002/151-548 HB 2075 thru 2213
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2002/151-549 HB 2214 thru 2342
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2002/151-550 HB 2343 thru 2475
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2002/151-551 HB 2476 thru 2586
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2002/151-552 HB 2587 thru 2721
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2002/151-553 HB 2722 thru 2855
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2002/151-554 HB 2856 thru 3010
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2002/151-555 HB 3011 thru 3161
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2002/151-556 HB 3162 thru 3256
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2002/151-557 HB 3257 thru 3417
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2002/151-558 HB 3418 thru 3559
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2002/151-559 HB 3560 thru 3610
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2002/151-560 76th Legislative session, 1999
Senate Bills: SB 1 thru 95
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2002/151-561 SB 96 thru 246
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2002/151-562 SB 247 thru 374
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2002/151-563 SB 375 thru 534
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2002/151-564 SB 535 thru 702
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2002/151-565 SB 703 thru 874
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2002/151-566 SB 875 thru 1024
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2002/151-567 SB 1025 thru 1160
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2002/151-568 SB 1161 thru 1324
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2002/151-569 SB 1325 thru 1469
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2002/151-570 SB 1470 thru 1640
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2002/151-571 SB 1641 thru 1828
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2002/151-572 SB 1829 thru 1911
House Bills: HB 1 thru 90
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2002/151-573 HB 91 thru 364
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2002/151-574 HB 365 thru 597
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2002/151-575 HB 598 thru 798
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2002/151-576 HB 799 thru 1017
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2002/151-577 HB 1018 thru 1207
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2002/151-578 HB 1208 thru 1420
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2002/151-579 HB 1421 thru 1627
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2002/151-580 HB 1628 thru 1830
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2002/151-581 HB 1831 thru 2022
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2002/151-582 HB 2023 thru 2160
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2002/151-583 HB 2161 thru 2360
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2002/151-584 HB 2361 thru 2563
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2002/151-585 HB 2564 thru 2749
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2002/151-586 HB 2750 thru 2952
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2002/151-587 HB 2953 thru 3150
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2002/151-588 HB 3151 thru 3361
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2002/151-593 HB 3157
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2002/151-589 HB 3362 thru 3555
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2002/151-590 HB 3556 thru 3795
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2002/151-591 HB 3796 thru 3855
House Joint Resolutions: HJR 1 thru 97
House Resolutions: HR 1 thru 1664
House Concurrent Resolutions: HCR 1 thru 33
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2002/151-592 HCR 34 thru 256
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2002/151-593 HCR 257 thru 320
Senate Concurrent Resolutions: SCR 1 thru 90
Senate Joint Resolutions: SJR 1 thru 24
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2002/151-594 Senate Joint Resolutions: SJR 25 thru 45
Senate Resolutions: SR 40 thru 1181

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Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission bill files, 1999,
1 cubic ft.

An amendment to the Texas Constitution (passed on November 3, 1964) requires a specific filing for any legislation "creating a conservation and reclamation district" or "amending a law creating or governing a particular conservation and reclamation district if such bill (1) adds additional land to the district, (2) alters the taxing authority of the district, (3) alters the authority of the district with respect to the issuance of bonds, or (4) alters the qualifications or terms of office of the members of the governing body of the district." (Texas Constititution, Article XVI, Section 59(d).)
These records are Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) bill files concerning proposed legislation that required TNRCC review under this constitutional amendment. They date February to May 1999 (for the 76th Legislative session only). A typical file contains a letter from Steven Walden (director of the Water Utilities Division, TNRCC) to Governor Bush containing agency comments on the bill; a signature sheet (containing the signatures of the chief clerk of the House of Representatives or the secretary of the Senate, the Governor, and Mr. Walden); a copy of the bill itself; and a publisher's affidavit with attached public notice (of intent to introduce the bill).
Arrangement
These records are arranged by the creating agency and State Archives staff numerically by bill number.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission bill files, Texas Governor George W. Bush Legislative Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2003/026
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor on October 9, 2002.
Processed by
Preliminary survey by Tonia J. Wood, October 2002
Processed by Tony Black, December 2010
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2003/026 House Bills: HB 204 thru 3850, 1999
Senate Bills: SB 197 thru 1904, 1999
Water bills that did not create a district or amend legislation, 1999

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