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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.
The Texas Legislative Council is charged with making a complete, nonsubstantive revision of the Texas statutes. Section 8.09 of their Drafting Manual [PDF] provides information about past and upcoming code projects.
Provided by the Legislative Reference Library, "proposed codes are generally prepared in the form of revisor's reports, which contain the proposed language of the new code, the language of the old statutes, and brief notes. This page provides links to statutory revision documents related to the initial adoption of codes and code sections."
This supplemental volume accompanies Vernon's Texas Statutes and will help the researcher determine where information that has been reorganized by the legislature is codified. Additional tables are often present in the code volumes themselves if the chapters have been sufficiently revised.