March 8 was the last day bills could be filed in the Texas legislature, concluding one of the busiest weeks of the year in Austin as state leaders scrambled to submit legislation that could eventually become new laws.
All session long, the data wizzes at the Texas Tribune released a new tool that graphically breaks down what topics drew the most new legislation and which legislators submitted the most new bills.
Here’s the count for the state reps and senators that represent parts of Galveston County, according to the Trib’s data as of Monday afternoon
As could probably be expected from a legislator serving his first term in state office, Bonnen has that fewest number of bills with his name on them.
The local legislators fall into the middle of the pack in terms of the number of bills they filed. The most prolific filer this session has been state Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas), who has had his name on 131 pieces of legislation. Just behind him is Dallas Democratic Sen. Royce West, who has filed 119 pieces of legislation.
State leaders now have until May 28 to negotiate and vote on the bills that have been filed. The ones that make it out of the legislature have until June 16 to be signed or vetoed by the governor.