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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inaugural planning documents, 1955-2003,

Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas meeting transcript, 1981,

House Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts meeting transcripts, 1983,

Meeting notebook, 1998,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislative Council:

An Inventory of Legislative Council Inaugural Planning Documents and Other Material at the Texas State Archives, 1955-2003



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. Legislative Council.
Title: Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material
Dates: 1955-2003
Abstract: The Texas Legislative Council is a nonpartisan legislative agency responsible for providing impartial research and information to the legislature and legislative agencies to assist in drafting and analyzing proposed legislation and to help examine specific legislative problems and matters affecting the general welfare of the state. Records primarily illustrate planning by the Texas Legislative Council for the inaugurations of the governor and lieutenant governor of the State of Texas and consist of plans, time schedules, scripts and a Joint Session order of business, dating from 1955 to 2003. The only inauguration within this date span not included in these records is the 1971 re-election inauguration of Governor Preston Smith and Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes. Also in these holdings are a transcript of the October 28, 1981 meeting of the Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas; transcripts of two 1983 meetings of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts; and Council research associate Chris Kuykendall's resource notebook for the March 3, 1998 meeting of the Texas Legislative Council.
Quantity: 0.25 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Legislative Council was created in 1949 by Senate Bill 316, 51st Texas Legislature, Regular Session and activated in 1950. It was originally governed by a council of seventeen members, with five senators appointed by the lieutenant governor and ten representatives appointed by the speaker of the house. The lieutenant governor and the speaker served as chair and vice chair and were ex officio members of the council. In 1985 council membership was changed (Senate Bill 813, 69th Legislature, Regular Session) to include the chairs of the senate and house administration committees, four senators appointed by the lieutenant governor and nine representatives appointed by the speaker of the house. The lieutenant governor and the speaker continued to serve as chair and vice chair. Effective January 11, 2004 (House Bill 7, 78th Legislature, 3rd Called Session), the council membership was changed to fourteen members, including the house administration committee chair, six senators appointed by the lieutenant governor and five representatives appointed by the speaker of the house. The lieutenant governor and the speaker serve as joint chairs. Members serve terms beginning with appointment and ending with the convening of the next regular session. The council is responsible for providing research and information to the legislature and legislative agencies, including assistance with drafting and analyzing proposed legislation; printing, processing and distributing legislative documents; and providing information technology support. It also assists state agencies, the public, legislatures from other states and national organizations in answering questions regarding the legislature and Texas laws. The council conducts investigation of agencies and officers of the state and performs statutory revision without substantive change.

The council is authorized to sit between legislatures and is assisted by a large staff. During the legislative session, upon the request of a member or committee, council staff will draft legislation and reports. In addition, staff members may testify before committees and prepare written statements. The staff is organized into four major divisions: Legal, Research, Information Systems and Document Production. Administrative functions are provided by human resources, assurance services and accounting and purchasing departments, while the leadership team of the executive director, assistant executive director, general counsel, director of operations and the division directors are responsible for directing and coordinating the operations of the council.

(Sources include: the Texas Legislative Council website and Laurie E. Jasinski, "Texas Legislative Council," Handbook of Texas Online, both accessed July 7, 2015; and the records themselves.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Legislative Council is a nonpartisan legislative agency responsible for providing impartial research and information to the legislature and legislative agencies to assist in drafting and analyzing proposed legislation and to help examine specific legislative problems and matters affecting the general welfare of the state. One of the duties of the Texas Legislative Council is to assist in certain joint activities of the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, such as the inauguration of the governor and lieutenant governor. Records primarily illustrate planning by the Texas Legislative Council for the inaugurations of the governor and lieutenant governor of the State of Texas, and consist of plans, time schedules, scripts and a Joint Session order of business, dating from 1955 to 2003. The only inauguration within this date span not included in these records is the 1971 re-election inauguration of Governor Preston Smith and Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes. Also in these holdings are a transcript of the October 28, 1981 meeting of the Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas; transcripts of two 1983 meetings of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts; and Council research associate Chris Kuykendall's resource notebook for the March 3, 1998 meeting of the Texas Legislative Council.

Inaugurations represented in these records are for Governors Allan Shivers, Price Daniel, John Connally, Preston Smith, Dolph Briscoe, William P. Clements, Mark White, Ann Richards, George W. Bush and Rick Perry; and Lieutenant Governors Ben Ramsey, Preston Smith, Ben Barnes, William Hobby, Bob Bullock, Rick Perry and David Dewhurst.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into four series:
Inaugural planning documents, 1955-2003, 0.1 cubic ft.
Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas meeting transcript, 1981, fractional
House Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts meeting transcripts, 1983, fractional
Meeting notebook, 1998, fractional

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, confidentiality of communication of an assistant or employee of the Texas Legislative Council with a member of the legislature (Texas Government Code, Section 323.017); records relating to requests of council staff, including for the drafting of proposed legislation (Texas Government Code, Section 323.018); and a draft or working paper involved in the preparation of proposed legislation (Texas Government Code, Section 552.106), 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 (Texas 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 (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. 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.

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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.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Legislative Redistricting Board.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts.
Subjects (Persons):
Barnes, Ben F., 1938-
Briscoe, Dolph.
Bullock, Bob.
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
Clements, William P., 1917-2011.
Connally, John Bowden, 1917-1993.
Daniel, Price.
Dewhurst, David, 1945-
Hobby, William Pettus, 1878-1964.
Perry, Rick, 1950-
Ramsey, Ben.
Richards, Ann, 1933-2006.
Shivers, Allan, 1907-1985.
Smith, Preston, 1912-
White, Mark, 1940-
Subjects:
Governors--Texas.
Lieutenant governors--Texas.
Election districts--Texas.
Document Types:
Schedules (time plans)--Texas--Governors--Inaugurations--1955-2003.
Scripts (documents)--Texas--Governors--Inaugurations--1959-2003.
Functions:
Planning inaugural activities.

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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 House of Representatives Committee on Redistricting records, 1966-1992, bulk 1990-1992, 96.8 cubic ft., RESTRICTED
Texas Inaugural Committee, Bush-Bullock inaugural records, 1994-1995, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Inaugural Committee, Bush-Perry inaugural records, 1934-1999, bulk 1998-1999, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Inaugural Committee, Perry-Dewhurst inaugural records, 2002-2003, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Inaugural Committee, Richards-Bullock inauguration records, 1932, 1963-1991, 3.24 cubic ft
Texas Legislative Council redistricting maps and reports, 1991-1992, 0.24 cubic ft.
Texas Legislative Council redistricting records, 1991, 1995, 0.38 cubic ft.
Texas Legislative Council redistricting records, 1981-1982, 1991-2006, bulk 2001-2006, 26.35 cubic ft., RESTRICTED
Texas Secretary of State, Inaugural fund filings, 1979-1983, 1986-1987, 1990-1991, 0.24 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, Statutory Documents Section, Redistricting plans, 1981-1982, 1991-1993, 0.71 cubic ft.
Texas Senate Committee of the Whole on Redistricting records, 1980-1991, bulk 1990-1991, 27.5 cubic ft., RESTRICTED
Texas Senate Redistricting Committee records, about 1990, 44 cubic ft., RESTRICTED [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2003/130-1 through 44]
Texas Senate, Senator Eddie Bernice Johnson records, 1975-1991, bulk 1988-1991, 11 cubic ft., RESTRICTED [See the series Senate Subcommittee on Congressional Districts records, 1980-1991, bulk 1990-1991, 5.7 cubic ft.]
Texas State Archives: Manuscript Collections
Viriginia Whitten papers, 1973-1994, 1 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2004/087, 2005/092

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on February 3, 2004 and January 26, 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Romanchuk, April 2005

Updated restrictions statements and corrections made to encoding to conform to EAD 2002 and DACS by Rebecca Romanchuk, July 2015

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Inaugural planning documents, 1955-2003,
0.1 cubic ft.

As part of its duties the Texas Legislative Council assists in certain joint activities of the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, such as the inauguration of the governor and lieutenant governor. Records consist of plans, time schedules, scripts and a Joint Session order of business for inaugurations of the governor and lieutenant governor of the State of Texas from 1955-2003 created by the Texas Legislative Council.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in original chronological order as maintained by the agency.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, confidentiality of communication of an assistant or employee of the Texas Legislative Council with a member of the legislature (Texas Government Code, Section 323.017); records relating to requests of council staff, including for the drafting of proposed legislation (Texas Government Code, Section 323.018); and a draft or working paper involved in the preparation of proposed legislation (Texas Government Code, Section 552.106), 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 (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Inaugural planning documents, Texas Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2004/087, 2005/092
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on February 3, 2004 and January 26, 2005.
Box
2004/087 Shivers-Ramsey inaugural plan and time schedule, Joint Session order of business, 1955
Daniel-Ramsey inaugural time schedule, 1957
Daniel-Ramsey inaugural plan, time schedule and script, 1959
Daniel-Ramsey inaugural plan, time schedule and script, 1961
Connally-Smith inaugural time schedule and script, 1963
Connally-Smith inaugural time schedule and script, 1965
Connally-Smith inaugural time schedule and script, 1967
Smith-Barnes inaugural time schedule and script, 1969
Briscoe-Hobby inaugural time schedule and script, 1973
Briscoe-Hobby inaugural time schedule and script, 1975
Clements-Hobby inaugural script, 1979
White-Hobby inaugural time schedule and script, 1983
Clements-Hobby inaugural time schedule and script, 1987
Richards-Bullock inaugural time schedule and script, 1991
Bush-Bullock inaugural time schedule and script, 1995
Bush-Perry inaugural time schedule and script, 1999
Perry-Dewhurst inaugural time schedule and script, 2003

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Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas meeting transcript, 1981,
fractional

The Special Projects and Redistricting Section of the Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council supports the legislature's redistricting activities by working with information systems staff to build and maintain election, census and geographic databases and mapping and redistricting computer systems. The staff of the section produces maps and reports showing population and election information for proposed and enacted redistricting plans, as well as informational publications on redistricting. Records consist of a transcript of the October 28, 1981 meeting of the Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as they were received from the agency.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, confidentiality of communication of an assistant or employee of the Texas Legislative Council with a member of the legislature (Texas Government Code, Section 323.017); records relating to requests of council staff, including for the drafting of proposed legislation (Texas Government Code, Section 323.018); and a draft or working paper involved in the preparation of proposed legislation (Texas Government Code, Section 552.106), 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 (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Preferred Citation
Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas meeting transcript, Texas Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2004/087
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on February 3, 2004.
Box
2004/087 Legislative Redistricting Board meeting transcript, October 28, 1981

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House Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts meeting transcripts, 1983,
fractional

The Texas Legislative Council is a nonpartisan legislative agency responsible for providing impartial research and information to the legislature and legislative agencies to assist in drafting and analyzing proposed legislation and to help examine specific legislative problems and matters affecting the general welfare of the state. Records consist of transcripts of two 1983 meetings of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, confidentiality of communication of an assistant or employee of the Texas Legislative Council with a member of the legislature (Texas Government Code, Section 323.017); records relating to requests of council staff, including for the drafting of proposed legislation (Texas Government Code, Section 323.018); and a draft or working paper involved in the preparation of proposed legislation (Texas Government Code, Section 552.106), 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 (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), House Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts meeting transcripts, Texas Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2004/087
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on February 3, 2004.
68th Legislature, Regular Session:
Box
2004/087 March 22, 1983
April 5, 1983

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Meeting notebook, 1998,
fractional

The Texas Legislative Council is a nonpartisan legislative agency responsible for providing impartial research and information to the legislature and legislative agencies to assist in drafting and analyzing proposed legislation and to help examine specific legislative problems and matters affecting the general welfare of the state. Records consist of Council research associate Chris Kuykendall's resource notebook for the March 3, 1998 meeting of the Texas Legislative Council. The notebook contains minutes of the meeting, handwritten notes, memoranda and reports that recap the Council's work and projects undertaken during the 75th legislative session, including budget overview; analysis of the Council's legal, research, document production and information systems divisions; and construction of the Robert E. Johnson, Sr. Legislative Office Building.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as they were received from the agency.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, confidentiality of communication of an assistant or employee of the Texas Legislative Council with a member of the legislature (Texas Government Code, Section 323.017); records relating to requests of council staff, including for the drafting of proposed legislation (Texas Government Code, Section 323.018); and a draft or working paper involved in the preparation of proposed legislation (Texas Government Code, Section 552.106), 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 (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Preferred Citation
Meeting notebook, Texas Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2004/087
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on February 3, 2004.
Box
2004/087 Council meeting notebook, March 3, 1998

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