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Texas Penal Code Revision Research Guide

This guide provides information on sources available for legislative intent research for the Texas Penal Code as enacted in 1973. That enactment was the culmination of a substantial revision process conducted by the Texas Penal Code Revision Project, a collaborative effort of the Texas Bar Association and the Texas Legislative Council, from 1965 to 1973. This was the first full recodification since the Code's previous enactment in 1856.

The Legislative Reference Library holds many materials produced by the revision committee. Through these materials, it is often possible to trace the reasoning and intended meaning of specific text through the opinions of the committee members who met repeatedly to discuss each chapter. We provide nine categories of information below to direct your research. See Using this Guide for information about terminology and references to documents.

A Starting Point
Provides selected sources that may be used as a starting point or overview for research, including complete drafts and critiques of the code.
Revision Process
Provides a timeline and brief overview of the revision process.
Legislative Trail
Provides an annotated listing of legislation in 1971 and 1973 leading to the enactment of the new Penal Code.
Chronological List of Penal Code Revision Project Documents
Lists the documents available for each year of the revision process.
Documents Associated with Specific Penal Code Chapters and other Topics Studied
Lists documents pertinent to each Penal Code chapter/topic.
Topics Studied in the Revision Process, but Not Included in Final 1973 Bill
Lists documents available for topics studied, but not included in the final bill (Abortion, Adult Probation, Criminal Defamation, Drugs, Electronic Eavesdropping, Treason).
Lists minutes available from a series of early meetings in which many chapter drafts were debated.
Administrative Documents
Describes materials that relate to the personnel, funding, project background, and the actual process of revision (e.g. reports to the legislature on how the project is progressing, reading lists for project members, guides for drafting reports, meeting notifications, etc.).
Prior History
Provides links to previous Penal Codes.

A list of documents related to the revision of the Penal Code is available from the library catalog. Please contact the library at 512-463-1252 for information on these resources.

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.