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Texas Senate
 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FINDING SENATORS

  • I am looking for information on Ted Cruz or John Cornyn.

    They are United States Senators from Texas. Information about them can be found at the United States Senate Web Site.
  • Who is my senator?

    Determine who your Senator is by filling out the "Who Represents Me?" form on the Senators index page. You will need to provide a street address.
  • How can I find out about recent legislative action?

    The Texas Legislature Online website provides legislative information including bill information, committee information, journals and much more.

CONTACTING SENATORS

  • How can I e-mail my senator?

    E-mail is handled by each Senator's office individually. Those Senators who do accept e-mail will have an e-mail form on their web site (found on the Senators index page). Please DO NOT contact the website administrator about legislative concerns or attempt to contact your Senator via the web administrator. Such e-mails will not be answered, and cannot be forwarded.
  • Where can I get a list of all the Senators' e-mail addresses?

    There is no such list because not all Senators accept e-mail. Those who do accept e-mail prefer that you use the e-mail form on their website (found on the Senators index page).
  • Where can I get a list of all the Senators' mailing addresses and phone numbers?

    There is a complete list of Senators with addresses and phone numbers at the Senators Full Directory page.

AUDIO & VIDEO

  • How do I watch/listen to the proceedings streamed via the "Live Video" or "Audio/Video Archive" pages?

    Streaming of video proceedings is provided through our streaming video partner, Granicus Labs. Videos are available to view right in your web browser. Please consult this page for recommended system requirements.
  • Mozilla Firefox: "hlsjs: Video file not found".

    This is a current known issue with Firefox and our video streams. Until a solution is implemented by our streaming video partner — Granicus Labs — we recommend using an alternative web browser for viewing Senate broadcasts, such as Apple Safari, Google Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer/Edge.
  • Can I view Senate video broadcasts on my mobile device?

    Yes — Video broadcasts are available to a variety of compatible mobile devices. Please consult this page for full system requirements.
  • What does it mean when the video player reports, "The system was unable to find the content that you requested. The content may be in the process of transferring to a distribution center"?

    This usually means that a recently completed broadcast is currently uploading to our streaming video partner's datacenter, which is an automatic process. When the upload is complete, the video will immediately become available for viewing.
  • How can I get an audio copy of a Senate meeting?

    Senate hearings are available on cassette tape or CD from the Senate Staff Services office; hearings from before the 80th session are on cassette tape, while all hearings during and beyond the 80th session are on CD. Please call Senate Staff services at (512) 463-0430 for more information.
  • Are videotapes also available?

    No. Senate Committees are not recorded to videotape or DVD. The digital streaming videos found on this website are the only available video content, and are available any time on our website via your web browser. If you require a personal copy of a hearing, the official audio recordings are available from the Senate's Staff Services office (see above).

QTVR CAPITOL TOUR

  • How do I view the QTVR Capitol Tour?

    You will need the Apple QuickTime software. Once you have followed the installation instructions included with the QuickTime download, go to our QTVR Capitol Tour page to view the tour.

    PLEASE NOTE that several browsers no longer support the Apple QTVR plugin (e.g. Chrome, Firefox), and Apple has also discontinued the plugin going forward. A new virtual tour solution is being investigated.