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SB 700, 63rd Regular Session
To eliminate the need for the legislature to set the maximum and the minimum rates recoverable under workmen's compensation law by allowing the remuneration to be based upon sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66-2/3%) of the injured employee's average weekly wage, not to exceed sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66-2/3%) nor to be less than fifteen percent (15%) of the average weekly earnings for non-supervisory production employees in manufacturing and mining as determined by the Texas Employment Commission and published in its report, "The Average Weekly Earnings in Texas" for December 1972, and each even numbered year thereafter; this method for determining weekly compensation rates will apply to all employees sustaining a compensable injury on or after July 1, 1973; providing that this Act shall not affect any rights which have vested or accrued prior to the effective date hereof, and retaining prior laws in effect, insofar as injuries sustained prior to the effective date hereof; providing for a savings clause; repealing all laws in conflict; and declaring an emergency.

House and Senate Journals

The House and Senate Journals contain the official proceedings of the House of Representatives and Senate. The Journals include the text of proposed amendments to legislation and record votes. The Journals do not routinely contain transcripts of debates on bills; material such as speeches, statements of intent, parlimentary inquiries or other discussion may occasionally be included if members of the Legislature specifically asked that it be recorded in the Journals.

Printed journals for most sessions are available at the Legislative Reference Library, in law libraries around the state, and at the Dallas and Houston public libraries.

Scanned House and Senate Journals from the 63rd Regular Session are available online.


Since 1973, the Texas Legislature has recorded most public committee hearings and House and Senate floor debates. Listening to these recordings may be helpful in compiling a bill's legislative history. To review or request recordings, locate the following dates in the bill history

  • Names of the House and Senate committees to which the bill was referred.
  • Dates the bill was considered by the committees in public hearing.
  • Dates of the second and third readings in the House and Senate

Digitized copies of some of the House recordings for the 63rd Regular Session are available from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Digitized copies of the Senate recordings for the 63rd Regular Session are available from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Recordings may be ordered through the mail or obtained in person at the House or Senate media offices:

House Tapes, 63rd Legislature (1973) - present
John H. Reagan Building, Room 330
105 West 15th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 463-0920
(512) 463-5729 Fax
*Requests must be in writing and paid in advance. View a sample request form.

Senate Tapes
Legislative Reference Library
1100 N. Congress Ave. Room 2N.3
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 463-1252
NOTE: Due to preservation concerns for the original cassette tapes, patrons are no longer able to listen to the original tapes. Digitized copies of the Senate recordings are available from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.


Committee hearings and floor debates are not routinely transcribed; however, they may occasionally be available. Contact the offices holding the recordings for each chamber to ask about the availability of transcripts.

Other helpful documents

A variety of sources can provide background material, analysis and historical perspective for legislation which may be useful to the researcher. The sources suggested below may contain useful information which is not directly linked to a bill number.

Legislative Reports

Legislative interim committees and special investigative committees may be assigned to conduct in-depth studies of significant issues, to review the effectiveness of new legislation, and to develop legislative proposals for upcoming sessions.

Search the Legislative Reports database by subject or keyword for related reports.

State agency reports

Reports issued by state agencies, the House Research Organization, the Senate Research Center, and the Sunset Advisory Commission may also help to identify legislative intent. Recent reports are often available on the web site of the agency issuing the report; older reports may be available at the Legislative Reference Library or at other Texas State Depository Libraries.

The Legislative Archive System is a work in progress. Complete information is not available for all bills and all sessions. Visit the Legislative Archive System status page for details. Please contact the Legislative Reference Library at 512-463-1252 if you have any questions. Information on this website is provided as a public service by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy and makes no warranty in regard to its use. Users assume all risk of reliance on the information included on this site.