Governmental Relations

Governmental Relations serves as the State Bar’s liaison to the Texas Legislature and other state and federal governmental entities. The department reviews thousands of bills each legislative session for their potential impact on the State Bar and the legal profession. The department also manages and coordinates the State Bar’s legislative program, which is composed of bills drafted by sections of the State Bar.

Legislative Program

View the Proposed 2019 Legislative Program.

Friday Update

The Friday Update is a service of the State Bar of Texas intended to keep members up to date on legislation of interest to the legal profession. The Friday Update includes links to relevant bills with status information.

The Sunset Review of the State Bar of Texas

The mission and performance of the State Bar of Texas is reviewed by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.

For more information about the Sunset process and additional documents, go to

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Governmental Relations staff.


KaLyn Laney, Director

Kristina McGuire, Coordinator


(512) 427-1463, ext. 6826 or (800) 204-2222, ext. 6826

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