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Historical Texas Statutes and Constitutions

This legal research guide provides information on both official and unofficial codified laws, session laws, statutory revisions, and the constitutions.

Statutory Revision

Overview of the Codification of Texas Law

The current Texas Code and Statutes is the result of an evolving process to better organize the legislature's body of laws. Initially, the legislature only created the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Penal Code, and the Revised Civil Statutes. As the Revised Civil Statutes became larger and larger, it became necessary to divide that code into the smaller subject-based codes that we have today, such as the Insurance Code and the Family Code. These subject codes have themselves been renumbered and reorganized. The resources below help explain how the Texas Code has changed over time.