Every legislative session, THLA tracks hundreds of bills that may affect the hotel industry. We want you to see what we see. Here is the list of bills we are following.

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Updated 2/7/2019.

Texas Hotel & Lodging Assn.
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Texas Hotel & Lodging Assn.
HB 2
Burrows, Dustin(R) Relating to ad valorem taxation.
Companions:
SB 2 Bettencourt, Paul (Identical)
2- 6-19 S Committee action pending Senate Property Tax
Remarks: Revenue cap bill. Requirement that voters approve any local property tax increase of more than 2.5 percent before it can take effect.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Rate, Local Gov’t, Report to members

HB 28
Romero, Ramon(D) Relating to the prevailing wage for work associated with public work contracts.
Companions:
HB 3357 Romero, Ramon (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Req’s public contracts with private entities to contain additional protections for workers.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HB 34
Raymond, Richard(D) Relating to a statewide disaster alert system.
Remarks: Creates a statewide disaster warning system. Includes availability of lodging.
Track Name(s): Hurricane / Disaster, Report to members

HB 48
Gonzalez, Mary(D) Relating to a database of employers penalized for failure to pay wages or convicted of certain offenses involving wage theft.
Companions:
HB 202 Gonzalez, Mary (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 462 Rodriguez, Jose (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Creates State database of employers who are allegedly committing wage theft.
Track Name(s): Personnel – General, Report to members

HB 54
Zerwas, John(R) Relating to the system for protesting or appealing certain ad valorem tax determinations.
Remarks: Provides a Comptroller oversight and training program for property tax appraisers. Provides additional protections for property owners in appeals process.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

HB 84
Moody, Joe(D) Relating to the repeal of the offense of homosexual conduct.
Remarks: Decriminalizes homosexual conduct.
Track Name(s): Criminal Law, LGBT discrimination, Report to members

HB 133
Canales, Terry(D) Relating to the payment of gratuities to certain employees.
Companions:
HB 326 Canales, Terry (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Employers may not receive any portion of gratuity left for a tipped employee, this includes for credit card processing fees.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HB 174
Canales, Terry(D) Relating to the expunction of records in residential eviction suits.
Companions:
HB 1097 Canales, Terry (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Allows a tenant to make a motion in a court to expunge all records of a dismissed suit against a tenant.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Landlord – Tenant law

HB 185
Bernal, Diego(D) Relating to a study of the impact, feasibility, and advisability of adopting a property tax system in which the disclosure of the sales price of real property is required by law.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

HB 194
Reynolds, Ron(D) Relating to the minimum wage.
Companions:
HB 285 Alonzo, Roberto (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 475 Reynolds, Ron (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Raises minimum wage to $15/hour. Eliminates tip credit.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HB 203
Reynolds, Ron(D) Relating to the authority of a county assistance district to impose a sales and use tax.
Companions:
SB 288 Miles, Borris (Identical)
1- 3-19 S Filed
Remarks: Allows certain county districts to impose a sales and use tax.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Tax – Sales

HB 212
Reynolds, Ron(D) Relating to the preference given by state agencies for certain goods and services produced or offered by small businesses.
Remarks: The comptroller and each state agency that enters into a contract for the purchase of goods or services with a value of less than $500,000 shall give preference to goods or services produced or offered by a small business.
Track Name(s): Contracts, Report to members

HB 222
Krause, Matt(R) Relating to prohibiting a municipality from requiring an employer to provide paid sick leave.
Remarks: Preempts paid sick leave ordinances. Note, this bill was filed independently of ASSET.
Track Name(s): Preemption of local law, Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HB 228
Krause, Matt(R) Relating to accountability and standards for districts of innovation.
Track Name(s): School Start Date, Report to members

HB 233
Krause, Matt(R) Relating to the scheduling of the first and last days of school for students by school districts.
Companions:
SB 673 Campbell, Donna (Identical)
2- 6-19 S Filed
Remarks: Changes school start date until the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Track Name(s): School Start Date, Report to members

HB 243
Farrar, Jessica(D) Relating to the promotion of breast-feeding and the prohibition against interference with or restriction of the right to breast-feed.
Remarks: Creates a mother’s right to breastfed anywhere, including in the workplace.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Health, Report to members

HB 244
Farrar, Jessica(D) Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Remarks: Makes sexual orientation and gender identity a protected classification.
Track Name(s): LGBT discrimination, Report to members

HB 254
Bernal, Diego(D) Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Remarks: Makes sexual orientation and gender identity a protected classification.
Track Name(s): LGBT discrimination, Report to members

HB 290
Thompson, Senfronia(D) Relating to the minimum wage.
Companions:
HB 937 Thompson, Senfronia (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Escalates the minimum wage (including tip credit) every year until 2022.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HB 302
Paul, Dennis(R) Relating to the carrying, storage, or possession of a firearm or firearm ammunition by certain persons on certain residential or commercial property.
Remarks: Provides residents and guests of condominiums or apartments the right to carry a firearm from their vehicle and store it in their unit. Unclear if applies to condo-hotels such as Port Royal.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

HB 328
Ortega, Lina(D) Relating to authorization for a county or municipality to establish a local minimum wage.
Companions:
HB 954 Rodriguez, Justin (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 427 Rodriguez, Jose (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Repeals local gov’t wage preemption.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HB 329
Nevarez, Poncho(D) Relating to concurrent state and federal jurisdiction over units of the national park system in this state.
Remarks: Allows local law enforcement agencies to conduct criminal law enforcement duties within Big Bend National Park. Current law only allows local law enforcement to affect civil service of process. Bill requires governor to effectuate a agreement with the Federal government.
Track Name(s): Criminal Law, Justin, Report to members, Tourism

HB 357
Stickland, Jonathan(R) Relating to the carrying of a firearm by a person who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing the firearm and to criminal offenses otherwise related to the carrying of a firearm.
Remarks: Creates constitutional carry. Also requires change to signage.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

HB 360
Murphy, Jim(R) Relating to the extension of the expiration date of the Property Redevelopment and Tax Abatement Act.
Companions:
HB 499 Button, Angie Chen (Identical)
12-10-18 H Filed
SB 118 West, Royce (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
Remarks: Extends economic development property tax abatement Chapter 212 until 2029.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Rate, Economic Development, Report to members

HB 383
Bohac, Dwayne(R) Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.
Companions:
HB 376 Metcalf, Will (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 586 Bohac, Dwayne (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 946 Metcalf, Will (Identical)
1-22-19 H Filed
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Residential, Report to members

HB 393
Blanco, Cesar(D) Relating to certain unlawful employment practices regarding compensation.
Remarks: Makes it unlawful for an employer to inquire as to an applicant’s wage or salary history.
Track Name(s): Personnel – General, Report to members

HB 399
Hernandez, Ana(D) Relating to the period during which an employee may file a claim for unpaid wages with the Texas Workforce Commission.
Companions:
HB 253 Hernandez, Ana (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Employees can file unpaid wage claims up to a year after the missed payment. The current filing period only allows for 180 days after the missed payment.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Unemployment Comp, Report to members

HB 432
Shaheen, Matt(R) Relating to the abolishment of the Music, Film, Television, and Multimedia Office in the office of the governor and the moving image industry incentive program.
Companions:
HB 779 Shaheen, Matt (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Abolishes the music, film, television, and multimedia office in the Governor’s office. Retains the tourism program.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Tourism

HB 440
Murphy, Jim(R) Relating to general obligation bonds issued by political subdivisions.
Remarks: Requires a local election for certain municipal GO bonds.
Track Name(s): Local Gov’t, Report to members

HB 457
Thompson, Ed(R) Relating to the use of tax revenue by certain municipalities for the payment of certain hotel-related bonds or other obligations.
Remarks: Pearland convention center hotel bill. Changes sunset date to 2024 as well.
Track Name(s): Convention Center Hotel, Report to members

HB 469
Springer, Drew(R) Relating to the sale of wine and beer on Sundays.
Remarks: Extends Sunday hours for beer sales for retailer dealers sales. New hours would be 10:00 am on Sunday.
Track Name(s): Alcoholic Beverages, Report to members

HB 470
Paul, Dennis(R) Relating to the calculation of the ad valorem rollback tax rate of a taxing unit and voter approval of a proposed tax rate that exceeds the rollback tax rate.
Remarks: Sets out the calculation rate and formula for a small taxing unit(population of less than 40,000 people, other than a school district) and sets out the calculation roll back rate and formula for a unit for a unit with 40,000 or more.It also allows taxing units(other than a small taxing units) to direct a officer or employee to calculate the rate if the area is declared a disaster area in the current tax year.

This bill also sets out notice requirements if a tax unit with 40,000 or more people proposes a property tax rate that is higher than the lower of the effective tax rate or the roll back tax rate. In addition, once this notice is correctly published it requires voter approval to determine if the tax rate will be adopted.

Finally this bill allows a unit with less than 40,000 people, other than a school district to petition for an election to be held to adopt the tax rate if it adopts a tax rate higher than 1.08 times the amount of tax from the year before on a resident homestead. This bill also lays out the procedure in which to correctly petition.

Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Residential, Ad Valorem – Rate, Report to members

HB 478
Phelan, Dade(R) Relating to the funding of flood planning, mitigation, and infrastructure projects.
Remarks: Creates a fund for flood control planning for any area that has a household income that is not greater than 85% of the state median household income from the most recent stats available. Also sets out the application requirements to use the fund. Allows for design activities, approval to provide nonstructural and structural flood mitigation and drainage options for the area. The fund is a special fund in the state treasury outside the general revenue fund.(consists of items 1-9 under sec. 15.533) Purpose of this fund is to mitigate flooding in the state.
Track Name(s): Miscellaneous, Report to members

HB 484
Phelan, Dade(R) Relating to the authority of an appraisal review board to direct changes in the appraisal roll and related appraisal records if a residence homestead is sold for less than the appraised value.
Remarks: A chief appraiser or property owner can request changes in the appraisal roll/records. The value can be changed in the current tax year and either of the 2 tax years before the current year to be changed to the sales price of the property if: 1. the property is the owners homestead 2. the sales price is 10 percent or more than the appraised value of the property and 3. the board finds that the sales price reflects the market value of the property.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Residential, Report to members

HB 485
Phelan, Dade(R) Relating to the applicability of the law regarding the authority to construct or maintain a facility or structure on state land.
Remarks: Restricts ability to build on state owned land, including coastal areas.
Track Name(s): Coastal, Hotel Development, Report to members

HB 486
Stephenson, Phil(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
Remarks: Allowable use of tax revenue for convention center construction in Fort Bend County (Richmond). Also the municipality must agree with a person for the development before September 2021 to receive/pledge these funds.
Track Name(s): Convention Center Hotel, Report to members

HB 490
Shine, Hugh(R) Relating to the administration of the ad valorem tax system.
Remarks: Property tax administration advisory board to advise the comptroller on state administration of property taxation and state oversight of appraisal districts. Goal is to advise on improving property tax systems, practices and complaint procedures. The board will include 6 members appointed by the comptroller one from each criteria listed and the chief appraiser will create a database that contains the information that is provided by the designated officers/employees.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

HB 494
Deshotel, Joe(D) Relating to the operation of casino gaming in certain coastal areas of this state by licensed persons to provide additional money for residual windstorm insurance.
Remarks: Allows for limited casino operations in Galveston, Beaumont, and Corpus Christi. Proceeds fund hurricane relief.
Track Name(s): Gambling, Report to members

HB 499
Button, Angie Chen(R) Relating to the extension of the expiration date of the Property Redevelopment and Tax Abatement Act.
Companions:
HB 360 Murphy, Jim (Identical)
11-15-18 H Filed
SB 118 West, Royce (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
Remarks: This act creates an agreement between a taxpayer and taxing unit that exempts all or part of the increase in the value of the real or personal property for 10 years. This change extends the date to 2029.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Rate, Economic Development, Report to members

HB 502
Springer, Drew(R) Relating to training regarding fire safety inspections required by law.
Remarks: Adds to list of people eligible to become certified fire inspectors.
Track Name(s): Buildings & maintenance, Report to members

HB 516
Springer, Drew(R) Relating to the liability of a person who allows handguns to be carried on property owned, leased, or managed by the person.
Remarks: Limits liability of property owners who allow firearms on the property.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

HB 518
Springer, Drew(R) Relating to fire safety inspections.
Remarks: Expands list of people eligible to be a certified fire inspector.
Track Name(s): Buildings & maintenance, Report to members

HB 533
Stephenson, Phil(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
Remarks: Identical bill to HB486- Allowable use of tax revenue for convention center construction in Fort Bend County (Richmond) and changes the sunset date to 2021. CC to be built on the George Ranch Foundation property.
Track Name(s): Convention Center Hotel, Report to members

HB 572
Gonzalez, Mary(D) Relating to eligibility for unemployment compensation for employees who leave the workplace due to sexual harassment.
Remarks: An employee is eligible for unemployment compensation if he/she leaves because of sexual harassment. Employee must report the sexual harassment to his/her employer, law enforcement agency, or file a complaint with the commission under Employment Discrimination chapter or with the Fed. Equal Employment Opportunity commission.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Unemployment Comp, Personnel – Workers’ Comp, Report to members

HB 589
Deshotel, Joe(D) Relating to mechanic’s, contractor’s, or materialman’s liens.
Remarks: Adds a range of clarifying definitions, and adds additional rules on notice of lien claim requirements, notice completion requirements and allows for community supervision as punishment for a person who is in violation of the bills-paid affidavit section.
Track Name(s): Buildings & maintenance, Report to members

HB 608
Thierry, Shawn(D) Relating to substandard residential building fines issued by certain municipalities.
Companions:
HB 3871 Thierry, Shawn (F) (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Allows the City of Houston to attach a lien for unpaid substandard building fines on residential rental properties.
Track Name(s): Buildings & maintenance, Report to members

HB 618
Neave, Victoria(D) Relating to the prohibition of certain required nondisclosure and arbitration agreements.
Remarks: It is unlawful to hire, fire, or discriminate by other means if an individual does not sign a nondisclosure/arbitration agreement. Agreements/mandatory agreements prohibiting reporting or disclosure of sexual assault/harassment are void and unenforceable.
Track Name(s): Hotel Administration, Report to members

HB 624
Neave, Victoria(D) Relating to a landlord’s notice to residential tenants regarding rent increases.
Remarks: Requires additional written notice in a rent increase for residential property.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Landlord – Tenant law

HB 640
Hernandez, Ana(D) Relating to the requirement that certain employers provide advance notice of employee work schedules.
Companions:
HB 252 Hernandez, Ana (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Applies to food and general retail establishments that employee at least 500 employees in the state, has at least 10 other retail sales establishments in other states and two out of a list including standardized merchandise, signage, etc. Notice requires each hourly employee be given their schedule at least two weeks in advance (unless a extreme circumstance), remedies are available to employees whose employers do not follow.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HB 687
Guillen, Ryan(D) Relating to a landowner’s liability for injuries incurred during certain recreational activities.
Companions:
HB 487 Guillen, Ryan (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 658 Perry, Charles (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 230 Perry, Charles (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
Remarks: Adds rock climbing to the list of activities where a property owner is exempt from liability to injury.
Track Name(s): Property Insurance, Litigation, Report to members

HB 741
Davis, Yvonne(D) Relating to the notice of rights provided to an injured employee under the Texas workers’ compensation system.
Companions:
HB 3702 Davis, Yvonne (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 229 Zaffirini, Judith (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
Remarks: Employees with a valid workers comp. claim must be informed that they have a right to choose their treating care doctor (or other care provider) who is licensed and authorized to practice.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Workers’ Comp, Report to members

HB 750
Walle, Amando(D) Relating to required provision of workers’ compensation insurance coverage for employees of building and construction contractors and subcontractors.
Companions:
SB 474 Rodriguez, Jose (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 163 Rodriguez, Jose (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
Remarks: A contractor shall provide workers compensation for each employee. A subcontractor shall provide workers comp. for each of his employees and provide proof to the coverage to the contractor. Applies to building, and construction contractors and subcontractors.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Workers’ Comp, Report to members

HB 761
Wu, Gene(D) Relating to the establishment of the Texas Pay Equity Task Force.
Remarks: Establishing a task force to assess whether inequality exists on the basis of gender or race in compensation to employees of state agencies, counties, and municipalities.
Track Name(s): Personnel – General, Report to members

HB 768
Davis, Sarah(R) Relating to the reappraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of property damaged in a disaster.
Companions:
SB 202 Huffman, Joan (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Property Tax
Remarks: Makes reassessment of disaster damaged property mandatory for an assessor, instead of permissive.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

HB 789
Davis, Sarah(R) Relating to the height of outdoor advertising signs regulated by the Texas Department of Transportation.
Companions:
SB 357 Nichols, Robert (Identical)
1-15-19 S Filed
Remarks: Reduces maximum permissible height of off-premises billboards from 85 feet to 42.5 feet.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Tourism

HB 820
Turner, Chris(D) Relating to the minimum wage.
Companions:
HB 924 Turner, Chris (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 229 Menendez, Jose (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 113 Menendez, Jose (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
Remarks: Sets a statewide minimum wage at $10.10
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HB 897
Ortega, Lina(D) Relating to safety requirements for a person directly operating an amusement ride.
Remarks: Amusement ride operator requirements.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Tourism

HB 913
Shaheen, Matt(R) Relating to the calculation of the ad valorem rollback tax rate of a taxing unit other than a school district.
Remarks: Reduces rollback rates for all taxing entities except school districts. Rollback rate would be reduced from 1.08 to 1.04.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Rate, Report to members

HB 934
Shaheen, Matt(R) Relating to the prosecution of the offense of trafficking of persons.
Remarks: Removes mens rea element from engaging in sexual conduct with a trafficked child.
Track Name(s): Human Trafficking, Report to members

HB 945
Metcalf, Will(R) Relating to a limitation on increases in the appraised value of real property for ad valorem tax purposes.
Remarks: Expands homestead exemption to multiple properties.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Residential, Report to members

HB 946
Metcalf, Will(R) Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.
Companions:
HB 376 Metcalf, Will (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 586 Bohac, Dwayne (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 383 Bohac, Dwayne (Identical)
11-16-18 H Filed
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Residential, Report to members

HB 950
Lucio III, Eddie(D) Relating to the authority of an appraisal review board to determine the appraised value of property that is the subject of a protest to be an amount greater than the appraised value as shown in the appraisal records.
Remarks: Limits ability to raise appraised value during a protest.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

HB 951 (1)
Stucky, Lynn(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
Companions:
SB 386 Nelson, Jane (Identical)
1-18-19 S Filed
Remarks: Denton TPID bill.
Track Name(s): High Priority, Report to members, Tax – Hotel Occupancy

HB 952
Hernandez, Ana(D) Relating to diaper changing stations in restrooms in buildings accessible to the public.
Remarks: Requires diaper changing stations in public restrooms.
Track Name(s): Buildings & maintenance, Report to members

HB 978
Beckley, Michelle (F)(D) Relating to certain statutory changes to reflect and address same-sex marriages and parenting relationships and to the removal of provisions regarding the criminality or unacceptability of homosexual conduct.
Companions:
HB 573 Thompson, Senfronia (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 251 Rodriguez, Jose (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 153 Rodriguez, Jose (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
Remarks: Recognizes same sex marriage in Texas law and removes criminality of homosexual conduct.
Track Name(s): LGBT discrimination, Report to members

HB 980
Beckley, Michelle (F)(D) Relating to the repeal of the criminal offense of homosexual conduct.
Companions:
SB 152 Rodriguez, Jose (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
Track Name(s): LGBT discrimination, Report to members

HB 984
Parker, Tan(R) Relating to requirements for new or increased municipal fees.
Remarks: A proposed city budget that includes estimated revenue from a new fee or the increase of an existing fee must contain a cover page with the following statement in 18-point or larger type: “This budget includes estimated revenue from the following new or increased fees: (include a description of each new or increased fee, the dollar amount of each new fee, and the dollar amount of and percentage of increase of each increased fee).”
Track Name(s): Local Gov’t, Report to members

HB 995
Collier, Nicole(D) Relating to requiring certain employers to provide paid leave to employees.
Remarks: Requires private employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid sick leave.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HB 1002
Collier, Nicole(D) Relating to the term of a parking permit issued to a residential tenant by a landlord.
Companions:
SB 1059 West, Royce (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 125 West, Royce (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
Remarks: A landlord may not terminate a parking permit until the lease terminates.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Landlord – Tenant law

HB 1035
Zedler, Bill(R) Relating to protecting freedom of conscience from government discrimination.
Remarks: RFRA
Track Name(s): Boycott – LBGT, Religion, etc, Report to members

HB 1036
Beckley, Michelle (F)(D) Relating to mandatory sales price disclosure in real property sales.
Remarks: Requires mandatory sales price disclosure in private party real estate transactions.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

HB 1041
Walle, Amando(D) Relating to the places a public employer may provide for employees to express breast milk.
Companions:
HB 443 Walle, Amando (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Requires a public employer to provide a space, other than a bathroom, for an employee to express breast milk.
Track Name(s): Local Gov’t, Report to members

HB 1049
Neave, Victoria(D) Relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination based on an individual’s status as a survivor of family violence or sexual assault.
Remarks: Makes status as a survivor of family violence or sexual assault a protected classification for employment purposes.
Track Name(s): Personnel – General, Report to members

HB 1061
Minjarez, Ina(D) Relating to mandatory arbitration as a condition of employment.
Remarks: Prohibits mandatory arbitration agreements in employment unless the employer verbally reviews the agreement with the employee, and both parties sign additional documents related to understanding the agreement.
Track Name(s): Personnel – General, Report to members

HB 1074
Price, Four(R) Relating to the prohibition against age discrimination in certain employment training programs.
Remarks: Repeals age discrimination in training programs limitation to only individuals between 40 and 56 years of age.
Track Name(s): Personnel – General, Report to members

HB 1083
Raymond, Richard(D) Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for certain beer or ale sold on July 4.
Remarks: Exempts sales tax on beer on the fourth of July for an off-premise permit holder.
Track Name(s): Alcoholic Beverages, Report to members

HB 1098
Guillen, Ryan(D) Relating to the importation of Pacific oysters for sale for consumption.
Remarks: A person may possess and sell for consumption unshucked Pacific oysters only if the person holds a retail fish dealer’s license or the person is a restaurant owner, operator, or employee who purchased the oysters from a person who holds a wholesale fish dealer’s license.
Track Name(s): Food Service, Report to members

HB 1100
Raymond, Richard(D) Relating to the hours for the sale or delivery of certain alcoholic beverages.
Remarks: Allows package stores to sell liquor on Sundays.
Track Name(s): Alcoholic Beverages, Report to members

HB 1106
Swanson, Valoree(R) Relating to the number of school marshals that may be appointed to serve on a public school campus or at a private school.
Companions:
SB 244 Creighton, Brandon (Identical)
12-14-18 S Filed
Remarks: Allows the appointment of one or more school marshals for each campus (public and private). Takes out the language that limits the amount of marshals allowed per campus in relation to the amount of attending students.
Track Name(s): Education, Report to members

HB 1113
Davis, Sarah(R) Relating to state contract limitations and programs for sex trafficking prevention and victim treatment.
Remarks: Bans a vendor from participating in state contracts if the vendor has taken an action that directly supports or promotes human trafficking.
Track Name(s): Human Trafficking, Report to members

HB 1126
Bell, Cecil(R) Relating to the civil liability of certain businesses in connection with allowing concealed handguns on the business premises.
Remarks: Creates immunity for civil liability for a business for damages arising from lawfully carrying a concealed handgun on the premises.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

HB 1135 (1)
Price, Four(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
Remarks: Amarillo TPID- but does not reference the room count threshold that will apply.
Track Name(s): High Priority, Report to members, Tax – Hotel Occupancy, Tourism

HB 1136 (1)
Price, Four(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district established by a municipality.
Remarks: Authorizes all Texas cities to petition for creation of a TPID- applies to all hotels within a city, without regard to room count.
Track Name(s): High Priority, Report to members, Tax – Hotel Occupancy, Tourism

HB 1152
Bernal, Diego(D) Relating to the deceptive trade practice of charging exorbitant or excessive prices for necessities during a declared disaster.
Remarks: Adds “building materials” to the list of necessities that if found to be priced excessively high during a declared disaster a penalty can be assessed against the seller.
Track Name(s): Buildings & maintenance, Hurricane / Disaster, Report to members

HB 1163
Anchia, Rafael(D) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to regulate locations at which a license holder may openly carry a handgun.
Remarks: Would allow the cities of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin to hold a ballot referendum on whether to allow openly carried firearms within the city limits.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

HB 1164
Anchia, Rafael(D) Relating to the offense involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises or property of certain recreational facilities.
Remarks: Allows a property owner to prohibit the carrying of firearms at a convention center, civic center arena, auditorium, theater, museum, zoo, or botanical garden.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

HB 1165
Anchia, Rafael(D) Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on the property.
Remarks: Amends 30.06 and 30.07 firearms signage to also include a pictogram of a gun with a diagonal line across it.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

HB 1167
Anchia, Rafael(D) Relating to the prosecution of certain offenses involving the carrying of weapons at amusement parks or locations associated with schools or other educational institutions.
Remarks: Allows more amusement parks to prohibit the carrying of firearms. Would extend to amusement parks located anywhere in the state with at least 10 acres of surface area.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

HB 1202
Collier, Nicole(D) Relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of theft of service.
Remarks: Narrows applicability of theft of service law in cases of rental of personal property.
Track Name(s): Criminal Law, Report to members

HB 1209
Rodriguez, Eddie(D) Relating to the right to vacate and avoid residential lease liability following the occurrence of family violence.
Remarks: Allows a tenant to vacate a lease if documented family violence.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Landlord – Tenant law

HB 1231
Flynn, Dan(R) Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of unlawfully carrying a handgun by a license holder.
Companions:
SB 535 Campbell, Donna (Identical)
1-30-19 S Filed
Remarks: 1. Removes prohibition on carrying handgun in a place of religious worship. 2. Reduces misdemeanor classification for trespass with a handgun.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

HB 1232
Guillen, Ryan(D) Relating to the establishment and duties of the human trafficking prevention coordinating council.
Companions:
SB 72 Nelson, Jane (Identical)
2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
Remarks: Creates state-level human trafficking coordinating council.
Track Name(s): Human Trafficking, Report to members

HB 1259
Paul, Dennis(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
Remarks: Allows convention center hotel rebates for the City of Nassau Bay.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Tax – Hotel Occupancy

HB 1313
King, Phil(R) Relating to the authority of the chief appraiser of an appraisal district to increase the appraised value of property in the tax year following the year.
Remarks: Raises standard of review from “substantial evidence” to “clear and convincing evidence” for a chief appraiser to raise the appraised value of property.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

HB 1333
Krause, Matt(R) Relating to the administration of the ad valorem tax system.
Remarks: Changes appraisal appeal system to make it easier to understand for property owners.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

HB 1336
Pacheco, Leo (F)(D) Relating to the minimum wage.
Remarks: Removes FLSA preemption and would allowing Texas cities and counties to establish their own higher minimum wage, and increases the statewide minimum wage to $10/hour.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HB 1337
Pacheco, Leo (F)(D) Relating to the sale of wine and beer on Sundays.
Companions:
HB 327 Canales, Terry (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Allows for the sell of beer and wine between 7am and noon on Sunday for retailers’ off-premise consumption permits.
Track Name(s): Alcoholic Beverages, Report to members

HB 1417
Clardy, Travis(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
Remarks: TPID bill for Nacogdoches.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Tax – Hotel Occupancy

HCR 37
Biedermann, Kyle(R) Designating Fredericksburg as the official Wine Capital of Texas, replacing the city’s previous designation as the Polka Capital of Texas.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Tourism

HJR 28
Bohac, Dwayne(R) Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to set a lower limit on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.
Companions:
HJR 33 Metcalf, Will (Refiled from 85R Session)
HJR 43 Bohac, Dwayne (Refiled from 85R Session)
HJR 51 Metcalf, Will (Identical)
1-22-19 H Filed
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%. Constitutional amendment.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Residential, Report to members

HJR 45
Turner, Chris(D) Proposing a constitutional amendment establishing an increased minimum wage.
Companions:
HJR 56 Turner, Chris (Refiled from 85R Session)
SJR 22 Menendez, Jose (Identical)
12- 7-18 S Filed
Remarks: Sets a statewide minimum wage at $10.10
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

HJR 49
Dutton, Harold(D) Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the operation of five casinos in this state by licensed persons in certain counties that have approved casino gaming to provide funding for prekindergarten programs.
Remarks: Allows for a casino in each of the following counties: Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, and Harris.
Track Name(s): Gambling, Report to members

HJR 51
Metcalf, Will(R) Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to set a lower limit on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.
Companions:
HJR 33 Metcalf, Will (Refiled from 85R Session)
HJR 43 Bohac, Dwayne (Refiled from 85R Session)
HJR 28 Bohac, Dwayne (Identical)
11-16-18 H Filed
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%. Constitutional amendment.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Residential, Report to members

SB 2
Bettencourt, Paul(R) Relating to ad valorem taxation.
Companions:
HB 2 Burrows, Dustin (Identical)
1-31-19 H Filed
Remarks: Revenue cap bill. Requirement that voters approve any local property tax increase of more than 2.5 percent before it can take effect.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Rate, Local Gov’t, Report to members

SB 46
Zaffirini, Judith(D) Relating to the prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace.
Companions:
SB 1140 Zaffirini, Judith (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Makes sexual harassment in the workplace an unlawful employment practice if, the employer (1) knows or should have known that the conduct constituting sexual harassment was occurring; and (2) fails to take immediate and appropriate corrective action. This expansion would apply to all employees that are harassed; current law only protects unpaid interns.
Track Name(s): Personnel – General, Report to members

SB 72
Nelson, Jane(R) Relating to the establishment and duties of the human trafficking prevention coordinating council.
Companions:
HB 1232 Guillen, Ryan (Identical)
1-31-19 H Filed
Remarks: Creates state-level human trafficking coordinating council.
Track Name(s): Human Trafficking, Report to members

SB 82
Hall, Bob(R) Relating to expenditures for lobbying activities made by a recipient of state funds.
Remarks: Prohibits a political subdivision that receives state funds of any kind from engaging in any lobbying activity.
Track Name(s): Local Gov’t, Report to members

SB 85
Hall, Bob(R) Relating to the regulation of the conduct of certain counseling professions.
Remarks: Allows psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors, chemical dependency counselors, and social workers to refuse to provide their services due to sincerely held religious beliefs. Counselors would be required to make referrals to other providers.
Track Name(s): LGBT discrimination, Report to members

SB 91
Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to certain unlawful employment practices relating to the reporting of criminal offenses.
Remarks: Makes an employment NDA unenforceable to the extent it prohibits an employee from reporting a crime.
Track Name(s): Personnel – General, Report to members

SB 113
Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to minimum wage.
Companions:
HB 924 Turner, Chris (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 229 Menendez, Jose (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 820 Turner, Chris (Identical)
1-15-19 H Filed
Remarks: Sets a statewide minimum wage at $10.10
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

SB 114
Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to the repeal of statutes regarding the criminality or unacceptability of homosexual conduct and to the recognition of certain same-sex relationship statuses.
Companions:
SB 236 Menendez, Jose (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Repeals criminal prohibition against homosexual conduct.
Track Name(s): LGBT discrimination, Report to members

SB 118
West, Royce(D) Relating to the extension of the expiration date of the Property Redevelopment and Tax Abatement Act.
Companions:
HB 360 Murphy, Jim (Identical)
11-15-18 H Filed
HB 499 Button, Angie Chen (Identical)
12-10-18 H Filed
Remarks: Extends economic development property tax abatement Chapter 212 until 2029.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Rate, Economic Development, Report to members

SB 125
West, Royce(D) Relating to the term of a parking permit issued to a residential tenant by a landlord.
Companions:
SB 1059 West, Royce (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 1002 Collier, Nicole (Identical)
1-23-19 H Filed
Remarks: A landlord may not terminate a parking permit until the lease terminates.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Landlord – Tenant law

SB 151
Rodriguez, Jose(D) Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Remarks: Makes LGBT a protected classification.
Track Name(s): LGBT discrimination, Personnel – General, Report to members

SB 152
Rodriguez, Jose(D) Relating to the repeal of the criminal offense of homosexual conduct.
Companions:
HB 980 Beckley, Michelle (F) (Identical)
1-23-19 H Filed
Remarks: Removes criminality of homosexual conduct.
Track Name(s): LGBT discrimination, Report to members

SB 153
Rodriguez, Jose(D) Relating to certain statutory changes to reflect and address same-sex marriages and parenting relationships and to the removal of provisions regarding the criminality or unacceptability of homosexual conduct.
Companions:
HB 573 Thompson, Senfronia (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 251 Rodriguez, Jose (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 978 Beckley, Michelle (F) (Identical)
1-23-19 H Filed
Remarks: Recognizes same sex marriage in Texas law and removes criminality of homosexual conduct.
Track Name(s): LGBT discrimination, Report to members

SB 163
Rodriguez, Jose(D) Relating to required provision of workers’ compensation insurance coverage for employees of building and construction contractors and subcontractors.
Companions:
SB 474 Rodriguez, Jose (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 750 Walle, Amando (Identical)
1-11-19 H Filed
Remarks: A contractor shall provide workers compensation for each employee. A subcontractor shall provide workers comp. for each of his employees and provide proof to the coverage to the contractor. Applies to building, and construction contractors and subcontractors.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Workers’ Comp, Report to members

SB 197
Schwertner, Charles(R) Relating to requiring state contractors to participate in the federal elctronic verification of employment authorization program, or E-verify.
Remarks: Require state contractors and businesses receiving state economic incentives to participate in E-Verify.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Immigration, Report to members

SB 202
Huffman, Joan(R) Relating to the reappraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of property damaged in a disaster.
Companions:
HB 768 Davis, Sarah (Identical)
1-11-19 H Filed
Remarks: Makes reassessment of disaster damaged property mandatory for an assessor, instead of permissive.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

SB 229
Zaffirini, Judith(D) Relating to the notice of rights provided to an injured employee under the Texas workers’ compensation system.
Companions:
HB 3702 Davis, Yvonne (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 741 Davis, Yvonne (Identical)
1-11-19 H Filed
Remarks: Employees with a valid workers comp. claim must be informed that they have a right to choose their treating care doctor (or other care provider) who is licensed and authorized to practice.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Workers’ Comp, Report to members

SB 230
Perry, Charles(R) Relating to a landowner’s liability for injuries incurred during certain recreational activities.
Companions:
HB 487 Guillen, Ryan (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 658 Perry, Charles (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 687 Guillen, Ryan (Identical)
1- 8-19 H Filed
Remarks: Adds rock climbing to the list of activities where a property owner is exempt from liability to injury.
Track Name(s): Property Insurance, Litigation, Report to members

SB 234
Nelson, Jane(R) Relating to the right to vacate and avoid residential lease liability following the occurrence of family violence.
Remarks: Allows for a tenant to break a residential lease if documentation of family violence.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Landlord – Tenant law

SB 243
Creighton, Brandon(R) Relating to the carrying or storage of a handgun by a school marshal.
Remarks: A handgun carried or possessed by a school marshal can only be loaded with frangible duty ammunition(made from compressed copper powder; it crumbles to pieces when it strikes something harder than itself at full speed).
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

SB 244
Creighton, Brandon(R) Relating to the number of school marshals that may be appointed to serve on a public school campus or at a private school.
Companions:
HB 1106 Swanson, Valoree (Identical)
1-28-19 H Filed
Remarks: Allows the appointment of one or more school marshals for each campus (public and private). Takes out the language that limits the amount of marshals allowed per campus in relation to the amount of attending students.
Track Name(s): Education, Report to members

SB 288
Miles, Borris(D) Relating to the authority of a county assistance district to impose a sales and use tax.
Companions:
HB 203 Reynolds, Ron (Identical)
11-12-18 H Filed
Remarks: Allows certain county districts to impose a sales and use tax.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Tax – Sales

SB 291
Lucio, Eddie(D) Relating to the establishment of a human trafficking unit within the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas.
Remarks: Creates a human trafficking unit within DPS.
Track Name(s): Human Trafficking, Report to members

SB 320
Flores, Pete(R) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
Remarks: Allows Pearsall,Texas to use hotel tax revenue for certain sports facilities.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Tax – Hotel Occupancy

SB 357
Nichols, Robert(R) Relating to the height of outdoor advertising signs regulated by the Texas Department of Transportation.
Companions:
HB 789 Davis, Sarah (Identical)
1-11-19 H Filed
Remarks: Reduces maximum permissible height of off-premises billboards from 85 feet to 42.5 feet.
Track Name(s): Report to members, Tourism

SB 370
Watson, Kirk(D) Relating to employment protections for jury service.
Remarks: Strengthens protection from termination or retaliation for an employee who serves on a juror or attends a jury appearance.
Track Name(s): Personnel – General, Report to members

SB 385 (1)
Nelson, Jane(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
Remarks: Frisco TPID. By Jane Nelson. Filed with reference back to 372.003 b(13) not our narrower preferred language. – To be discussed.
Track Name(s): High Priority, Report to members, Tax – Hotel Occupancy, Tourism

SB 386 (1)
Nelson, Jane(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
Companions:
HB 951 Stucky, Lynn (Identical)
1-22-19 H Filed
Remarks: Denton TPID bill.
Track Name(s): High Priority, Report to members, Tax – Hotel Occupancy

SB 431
Zaffirini, Judith(D) Relating to administrative violations committed by certified self-insurer administrators under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act; authorizing an administrative penalty.
Remarks: Applies the administrative procedures applicable to workers comp insurance companies to self-insured employers.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Workers’ Comp, Report to members

SB 472
Hughes, Bryan(R) Relating to the carrying, storage, or possession of a firearm or firearm ammunition by certain persons on certain residential or commercial property.
Remarks: Prohibits a landlord or condominium owner from prohibiting firearms carried by tenants.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

SB 476
Hancock, Kelly(R) Relating to requirements for and municipal regulation of dogs in an outdoor dining area of a food service establishment.
Remarks: Preempts local ordinance that imposes a requirement on a food service establishment for a dog in an outdoor dining area. Does not affect service animals.
Track Name(s): Food Service, Report to members

SB 535
Campbell, Donna(R) Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of unlawfully carrying a handgun by a license holder.
Companions:
HB 1231 Flynn, Dan (Identical)
1-30-19 H Filed
Remarks: 1. Removes prohibition on carrying handgun in a place of religious worship. 2. Reduces misdemeanor classification for trespass with a handgun.
Track Name(s): Firearm bill, Report to members

SB 589
Watson, Kirk(D) Relating to the prohibition of certain required nondisclosure and arbitration agreements.
Remarks: Prohibits an employer from refusing to hire or for firing an individual who refuses to sign certain nondisclosure and arbitration agreements.
Track Name(s): Personnel – General, Report to members

SB 596
Buckingham, Dawn(R) Relating to protests before appraisal review boards.
Remarks: Does not allow an appraiser to use a property that is under appeal as a comp value on a appraisal.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

SB 598
Buckingham, Dawn(R) Relating to the authority of an appraisal review board to determine the appraised value of property that is the subject of a protest to be an amount greater than the appraised value as shown in the appraisal records.
Remarks: Prohibits appraisal review board from raising a property’s value if the property is under protest.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

SB 599
Buckingham, Dawn(R) Relating to the use of information concerning the value of certain comparable properties in determining the value of property in an ad valorem tax protest.
Remarks: Does not allow an appraisal review board to use a property that is under appeal as a comp value on a appraisal.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Appraisal, Report to members

SB 600
Buckingham, Dawn(R) Relating to voter approval of a proposed ad valorem tax rate that exceeds the rollback tax rate, including the date for holding the election to approve the tax rate.
Remarks: Makes rollback rates applicable to all taxing units.
Track Name(s): Ad Valorem – Rate, Report to members

SB 642 (1)
Johnson, Nathan (F)(D) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
Remarks: TPID bill for Irving.
Track Name(s): High Priority, Report to members, Tax – Hotel Occupancy

SB 645
Birdwell, Brian(R) Relating to restrictions on holders of package store permits.
Companions:
HB 1872 King, Phil (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 750 Birdwell, Brian (Refiled from 85R Session)
Remarks: Removes restrictions on owning more than five package stores unless related.
Track Name(s): Alcoholic Beverages, Report to members

SB 673
Campbell, Donna(R) Relating to the scheduling of the first and last days of school for students by school districts.
Companions:
HB 1865 Krause, Matt (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 233 Krause, Matt (Identical)
11-12-18 H Filed
Remarks: Changes school start date until the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Track Name(s): School Start Date, Report to members

SJR 22
Menendez, Jose(D) Proposing a constitutional amendment establishing an increased minimum wage.
Companions:
HJR 45 Turner, Chris (Identical)
1-15-19 H Filed
Remarks: Constitutional amendment establishing a higher minimum wage.
Track Name(s): Personnel – Wage & hour, Report to members

 

Total Bills: 144

 

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