Want to keep up with the Texas Legislature? If you are into high tech toys, then you are in luck.

These are a few of my favorite tech things…

On Twitter:

A majority of Senate and House members have their own handles. For instance,  Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, is @KHancock4TX and Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, is @RafaelAnchia.

Bill filings can be tracked at: @TXLegeBills.

Press releases and announcements from the Texas House of Representatives are @TexasHouse.

The Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee is @TxLegeBC.

House Witness Registration:

According to the new House Rules, in order to sign up to testify for a committee hearing, the public may find an iPad either located in the hearing room or throughout the extension halls to register for the hearing. Additionally, the public can also access the registration page through their personal device by following the instructions at: https://www.mytxlegis.legis.state.tx.us/hwrspublic/about.aspx.

Apps:

MyTLO is an app that is linked with the Texas House Research website. It allows the look-up and tracking of bills. The public can sign up for alerts to know certain pieces of legislation have recently had a change in status.

TexLege is another app that allows the public to track bills, but additionally, gives members contact information. The app also has committee information and useful maps of both the interior of the Capitol and the exterior grounds.

Streaming video:

Of course, all of the committee meetings and chamber sessions can be seen live online.

House: http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio

Senate: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/bin/live.php

If you have to miss a meeting or two, do not panic because all of the videos are archived as well.

Cable TV:

Time Warner cable also provides coverage of the House on channel 383 and the Senate on channel 384.