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. We update this list as often as possible.  You can click on the bill number to see the bill’s language. Updated 3/28/2019. Texas Hotel & Lodging Assn. Bill Status Report 03-28-2019 – 11:14:02 – Action in the date range    – Link to Related Information   ( ) – Priority  
  Ad Valorem – Appraisal  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4329 Gutierrez, Roland (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Committee action pending House Ways and Means
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)
  2-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4329 Gutierrez, Roland (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
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.
 
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3241 Middleton, Mayes (F)(R) Relating to the system for appraising property for ad valorem tax purposes.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3868 Sanford, Scott(R) Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of tangible personal property held for sale at retail and a franchise tax credit based on the ad valorem taxes paid on such property.
 
Companions:
SB 1143 Hughes, Bryan (Identical)
  3- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4329 Gutierrez, Roland(D) Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.
 
Companions:
HB 586 Bohac, Dwayne (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 383 Bohac, Dwayne (Identical)
  2-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 946 Metcalf, Will (Identical)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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)
  3-20-19 H Committee action pending House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Makes reassessment of disaster damaged property mandatory for an assessor, instead of permissive.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Property Tax
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.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Property Tax
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.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Property Tax
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.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Property Tax
SB 853 Johnson, Nathan (F)(D) Relating to ad valorem tax protests and appeals on the ground of the unequal appraisal of property.
 
Remarks: Creates a ten percent appraisal ratio for comparable properties.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Property Tax
SB 1143 Hughes, Bryan(R) Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of tangible personal property held for sale at retail and a franchise tax credit based on the ad valorem taxes paid on such property.
 
Companions:
HB 3868 Sanford, Scott (Identical)
  3-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance
 
Total Ad Valorem – Appraisal Bills: 19
 
  Ad Valorem – Residential  
 
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)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4329 Gutierrez, Roland (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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)
  2-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4329 Gutierrez, Roland (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4329 Gutierrez, Roland(D) Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.
 
Companions:
HB 586 Bohac, Dwayne (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 383 Bohac, Dwayne (Identical)
  2-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 946 Metcalf, Will (Identical)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HJR 134 Gutierrez, Roland (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%. Constitutional amendment.
 
Bill History: 02-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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)
  2-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HJR 134 Gutierrez, Roland (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%. Constitutional amendment.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HJR 134 Gutierrez, Roland(D) 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)
  2-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HJR 51 Metcalf, Will (Identical)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Lowers annual residential homestead exemption cap from 10% to 5%. Constitutional amendment.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Total Ad Valorem – Residential Bills: 9
 
  Ad Valorem – Rate  
 
HB 2 Burrows, Dustin(R) Relating to ad valorem taxation.
 
Companions:
SB 2 Bettencourt, Paul (Identical)
  2-14-19 S Reported from committee as substituted 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.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Ways and Means
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)
  2-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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)
  3-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
SB 2 Bettencourt, Paul(R) Relating to ad valorem taxation.
 
Companions:
HB 2 Burrows, Dustin (Identical)
  3-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Revenue cap bill. Requirement that voters approve any local property tax increase of more than 2.5 percent before it can take effect.
 
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Reported from committee as substituted Senate Property Tax
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)
  3-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Ways and Means
HB 499 Button, Angie Chen (Identical)
  2-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Extends economic development property tax abatement Chapter 212 until 2029.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
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.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Property Tax
 
Total Ad Valorem – Rate Bills: 8
 
  Alcoholic Beverages  
 
HB 469 Springer, Drew(R) Relating to the sale of wine and beer on Sundays.
 
Remarks: Retailer dealers (eg brewpub or winery): Extends Sunday hours for beer sales for retailer dealers sales. New hours would be 10:00 am on Sunday.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 1154 Dutton, Harold(D) Relating to the hours for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at certain licensed or permitted premises during special events.
 
Remarks: Allows the mayor of a city and the TABC to extend alcoholic beverage sales hours in a hotel hosting a special event.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
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: Off-premise sales: Allows for the sale of beer and wine between 7am and noon on Sunday for retailers’ off-premise consumption permits.
 
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 1567 Clardy, Travis(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)
SB 645 Birdwell, Brian (Identical)
  3-28-19 S Voted favorably from committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Removes restrictions on owning more than five package stores unless related.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 1576 Phelan, Dade(R) Relating to the delivery of certain transportation services under Medicaid and certain other health and human services programs.
 
Companions:
SB 1667 Buckingham, Dawn (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
 
Remarks: Removes restrictions on owning more than five package stores unless related.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Committee action pending House Human Services
HB 1608 Bernal, Diego(D) Relating to the creation of a distillery festival permit.
 
Companions:
HB 408 Springer, Drew (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Creates a Distillery Festival Permit that allows the sale of liquor at festivals.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 1721 Israel, Celia(D) Relating to a violation regarding the purchase, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages by a minor or the misrepresentation of age by a minor.
 
Remarks: Decriminalizes alcoholic beverage purchase, possession, and consumption, but continues to disallow it via civil penalty.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 1967 Dutton, Harold(D) Relating to the hours for selling alcoholic beverages in certain establishments.
 
Remarks: Allows a hotel to sell alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day to a registered guest.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2136 Schaefer, Matt(R) Relating to warning signs applicable to the carrying of weapons on the premises of certain holders of alcoholic beverage licenses and permits and to grounds for cancellation of those licenses and permits.
 
Companions:
HB 1637 Schaefer, Matt (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Abolishes the requirement to post the blue notice sign regarding “no unlicensed firearms” for establishments that receive less than half of its revenue from alcohol sales.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2152 Kuempel, John(R) Relating to the delivery of alcoholic beverages from the premises of a mixed beverage permittee.
 
Companions:
SB 1919 Alvarado, Carol (F) (Identical)
  3-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Allows the holder of a MB permit to make limited deliveries of alcoholic beverages to areas under control by permit holder.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2165 Hernandez, Ana(D) Relating to the sale by certain alcoholic beverage permit or license holders of alcoholic beverages at a cost below the cost to the seller.
 
Remarks: Prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to consumers at a price less than the retailer’s cost.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2172 Thompson, Senfronia(D) Relating to grounds for refusal of certain alcoholic beverage licenses and permits.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2296 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to the delivery of alcoholic beverages by the holder of a wine and beer retailer’s permit.
 
Companions:
SB 1232 Creighton, Brandon (Identical)
  3-28-19 S Voted favorably from committee as substituted Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Allows the holder of an on-premise or off-premise wine and beer retailer’s permit, who also holds a local cartage permit, to make deliveries to and collections from customers in the same manner as the holder of a package store permit.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2791 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to the transport of alcoholic beverages for personal consumption.
 
Remarks: Alcoholic beverage personal transport clarification bill.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2793 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to certain presumptions relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages.
 
Remarks: Removes certain prima facia evidence provisions regarding wholesale versus retail sales.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2836 Paddie, Chris(R) Relating to a permit authorizing the delivery of alcoholic beverages from the premises of certain alcoholic beverage retailers to consumers.
 
Companions:
SB 1450 Hancock, Kelly (Identical)
  3-26-19 S Committee action pending Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Creates a consumer delivery permit that allows a retailer to deliver or contract to deliver alcoholic beverages to a consumer.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3006 Burrows, Dustin(R) Relating to the administration of the mixed beverage sales tax.
 
Companions:
SB 2211 West, Royce (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Establishes rules and reporting requirements for the mixed beverage sales tax.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3271 Harless, Sam (F)(R) Relating to the removal of certain alcoholic beverages that become unfit for consumption after a natural disaster.
 
Companions:
SB 1210 Hancock, Kelly (Identical)
  3-28-19 S Voted favorably from committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Allows for the removal of uninsured alcoholic beverages that have spoiled due to a disaster to be removed from inventory.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3415 King, Ken(R) Relating to package store permits.
 
Remarks: Allows for wineries to hold a wine only package store permit.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3438 Kuempel, John(R) Relating to distance requirements for premises issued a package store permit.
 
Remarks: After 2019, new package store permitees must be located at least 5,000 feet apart.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3693 Geren, Charlie(R) Relating to package store permits.
 
Remarks: Freezes number of package store permits in the state, and requires TABC to establish rules where new package store permits may not exceed one per every 15,000 residents of a county.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3713 Paddie, Chris(R) Relating to restrictions on holders of package store permits.
 
Remarks: Removes restrictions on non-related entity corporations holding package store permits.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3791 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to an excessive discount on certain alcoholic beverages.
 
Remarks: Removes prohibition on a manufacturer or wholealer offering an excessive discount.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3794 Burrows, Dustin(R) Relating to the regulation of the manufacture and sale of wine and certain related activities.
 
Companions:
HB 2844 Burrows, Dustin (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 951 Hancock, Kelly (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Creates a “Grower’s Permit” to replace the “Wine Bottler’s Permit”. The current permit does not account for wineries that grow their own grapes. This correction does. Hotels are mentioned here under Ch. 22 of the ABC which allows them to sell bottles of wine to guest rooms. This bill should not affect that.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3897 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to consumption of lawfully acquired wine at certain licensed establishments.
 
Remarks: Allows establishments with an MB permit to allow customers to bring in their own wine for consumption. Allows establishment to charge a corkage fee.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending Licensing and Administrative Procedures
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)
HB 1567 Clardy, Travis (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: Removes restrictions on owning more than five package stores unless related.
 
Bill History: 03-28-19 S Voted favorably from committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 785 Johnson, Nathan (F)(D) Relating to the hours for the sale or delivery of certain alcoholic beverages.
 
Remarks: Allows package stores to sell liquor up to six days a week, and removes prohibition on selling liquor (at a package store) on Sundays.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 930 Buckingham, Dawn(R) Relating to the creation of a distillery festival permit.
 
Remarks: Creates a new class of TABC permit. Would allow a distillery to apply for temporary distillery festival permit to sell distilled spirits at a “civic or alcoholic beverage festival, farmers’ market, celebration, or similar event.”
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1210 Hancock, Kelly(R) Relating to the removal of certain alcoholic beverages that become unfit for consumption after a natural disaster.
 
Companions:
HB 3271 Harless, Sam (F) (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: Allows for the removal of uninsured alcoholic beverages that have spoiled due to a disaster to be removed from inventory.
 
Bill History: 03-28-19 S Voted favorably from committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1232 Creighton, Brandon(R) Relating to the delivery of alcoholic beverages by the holder of a wine and beer retailer’s permit.
 
Companions:
HB 2296 Goldman, Craig (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Committee action pending Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: Allows the holder of an on-premise or off-premise wine and beer retailer’s permit, who also holds a local cartage permit, to make deliveries to and collections from customers in the same manner as the holder of a package store permit.
 
Bill History: 03-28-19 S Voted favorably from committee as substituted Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1450 Hancock, Kelly(R) Relating to a permit authorizing the delivery of alcoholic beverages from the premises of certain alcoholic beverage retailers to consumers.
 
Companions:
HB 2836 Paddie, Chris (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: Creates a consumer delivery permit that allows a retailer to deliver or contract to deliver alcoholic beverages to a consumer.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 S Committee action pending Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1527 Watson, Kirk(D) Relating to allowing the holder of a brewpub license to sell beer, ale, and malt liquor to certain qualified persons outside the state.
 
Remarks: Allows holders of a brewpub license to sell beer to qualified persons outside the state.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1667 Buckingham, Dawn(R) Relating to the delivery of certain transportation services under Medicaid and certain other health and human services programs.
 
Companions:
HB 1576 Phelan, Dade (Identical)
  3-19-19 H Committee action pending House Human Services
 
Remarks: Removes restrictions on owning more than five package stores unless related.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1919 Alvarado, Carol (F)(D) Relating to the delivery of alcoholic beverages from the premises of a mixed beverage permittee.
 
Companions:
HB 2152 Kuempel, John (Identical)
  3- 6-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: Allows the holder of a MB permit to make limited deliveries of alcoholic beverages to areas under control by permit holder.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 2211 West, Royce(D) Relating to the administration of the mixed beverage sales tax.
 
Companions:
HB 3006 Burrows, Dustin (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Establishes rules and reporting requirements for the mixed beverage sales tax.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Alcoholic Beverages Bills: 37
   
  Buildings & maintenance  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 518 Springer, Drew(R) Relating to fire safety inspections.
 
Remarks: Expands list of people eligible to be a certified fire inspector.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
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.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 1684 Shaheen, Matt(R) Relating to the posting of a boiler’s certificate of operation.
 
Companions:
SB 1625 Zaffirini, Judith (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Removes requirement that a boiler certificate be posted “under glass.” Must still be posted in a conspicuous place on or near the boiler.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2858 Toth, Steve(R) Relating to adoption of a swimming pool and spa code for use in municipalities in this state.
 
Remarks: Allows a municipality to adopt the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code for all pools and spas in the municipality.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 3163 Springer, Drew(R) Relating to parking for persons with disabilities.
 
Remarks: Requires properties to paint the words “no parking” on access aisles adjacent to handicap parking spaces, and also include additional language on signs indicating consequences for illegally parking in the space.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Transportation
HB 3993 Bohac, Dwayne(R) Relating to the designation of van-only parking spaces for use by persons with disabilities.
 
Remarks: A municipality may require at least one handicap parking spaces to be van accessible.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Transportation
SB 1625 Zaffirini, Judith(D) Relating to the posting of a boiler’s certificate of operation.
 
Companions:
HB 1684 Shaheen, Matt (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: Removes requirement that a boiler certificate be posted “under glass.” Must still be posted in a conspicuous place on or near the boiler.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Buildings & maintenance Bills: 11
 
  Coastal  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Land and Resource Management
HB 2647 Morrison, Geanie(R) Relating to the allocation of certain state hotel occupancy tax revenue.
 
Companions:
SB 1719 Lucio, Eddie (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Transfers 2% of the 6% state hotel occupancy tax rate collected in coastal counties to a coastal erosion response account that goes to the General Land Office to address coastal erosion. Does not directly affect state tourism program funding.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
SB 1719 Lucio, Eddie(D) Relating to the allocation of certain state hotel occupancy tax revenue.
 
Companions:
HB 2647 Morrison, Geanie (Identical)
  3-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Transfers 2% of the 6% state hotel occupancy tax rate collected in coastal counties to a coastal erosion response account that goes to the General Land Office to address coastal erosion. Does not directly affect state tourism program funding.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Total Coastal Bills: 3
 
  Contracts  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 2189 Capriglione, Giovanni(R) Relating to the disclosure of certain contracting information under the public information law.
 
Companions:
SB 943 Watson, Kirk (Identical)
  3-26-19 S Committee action pending Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Requires more public disclosure in public contracts. Would likely affect certain convention center agreements.
 
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs
SB 943 Watson, Kirk(D) Relating to the disclosure of certain contracting information under the public information law.
 
Companions:
HB 2189 Capriglione, Giovanni (Identical)
  3-20-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs
 
Remarks: Requires more public disclosure in public contracts. Would likely affect certain convention center agreements.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 S Committee action pending Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Contracts Bills: 3
 
  Convention Center Hotel  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 1557 Springer, Drew(R) Relating to the authority of a municipality to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Remarks: Impairs a city’s ability to get a meaningful rebate of state revenue for a convention center hotel project.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 1813 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: Convention center hotel bill for Missouri City. Extends moratorium until 2024.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2293 Perez, Mary Ann(D) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
SB 1831 Alvarado, Carol (F) (Identical)
  3-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Baytown. Extends moratorium until 2021.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2407 Krause, Matt(R) Relating to the authority of a municipality to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
SB 1097 Hancock, Kelly (Identical)
  3- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Allows Arlington to have a convention center hotel project.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2665 Flynn, Dan(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to undertake a qualified hotel project
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Commerce, Texas.
 
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.014 – House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 2788 Paul, Dennis(R) Relating to the use of hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain municipalities, including the authority to pledge certain revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
SB 1307 Taylor, Larry (Identical)
  3- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Hotel tax bill for Webster. Would allow convention center hotel, plus hotel tax for related infrastructure.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3036 Biedermann, Kyle(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Fredericksburg.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3072 Parker, Tan(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
HB 3363 Sanford, Scott (Identical)
  3-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
SB 1924 Fallon, Pat (F) (Identical)
  3-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Extends convention center hotel moratorium to 2021.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3113 Talarico, James (F)(D) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Hutto, Texas. Also extends moratorium until 2021.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3355 Bucy, John (F)(D) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Cedar Park.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3363 Sanford, Scott(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
HB 3072 Parker, Tan (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
SB 1924 Fallon, Pat (F) (Identical)
  3-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Extends convention center hotel moratorium to 2021.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3437 Murr, Andrew(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
SB 1407 Buckingham, Dawn (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Kerrville.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3497 Bell, Cecil(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Conroe.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4042 Lucio III, Eddie(D) Relating to the municipal hotel occupancy tax.
 
Companions:
SB 2194 Lucio, Eddie (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
 
Remarks: Sports facility bill for San Benito. Needs addition of claw-back provision. Also makes San Benito eligible for convention center hotel rebates.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4102 Sanford, Scott(R) Relating to the use of tax revenue by certain municipalities for the payment of certain hotel-related bonds or other obligations.
 
Companions:
SB 2421 Fallon, Pat (F) (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Celina, Texas.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4347 Anchia, Rafael(D) Relating to the use of certain tax revenue by certain municipalities for the payment of job training programs and the development of hotel and convention center projects.
 
Companions:
SB 2210 West, Royce (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4524 Bonnen, Greg(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to multipurpose convention center facility projects.
 
Companions:
SB 2264 Taylor, Larry (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Kemah convention center and convention center hotel project. Has “multipurpose” language in it.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
SB 1097 Hancock, Kelly(R) Relating to the authority of a municipality to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
HB 2407 Krause, Matt (Identical)
  3- 6-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Allows Arlington to have a convention center hotel project.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1307 Taylor, Larry(R) Relating to the use of hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain municipalities, including the authority to pledge certain revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
HB 2788 Paul, Dennis (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Hotel tax bill for Webster. Would allow convention center hotel, plus hotel tax for related infrastructure.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1405 Buckingham, Dawn(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Fredericksburg.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1407 Buckingham, Dawn(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
HB 3437 Murr, Andrew (Identical)
  3-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Kerrville.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1831 Alvarado, Carol (F)(D) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
HB 2293 Perez, Mary Ann (Identical)
  3- 6-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Baytown. Extends moratorium until 2021.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1924 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
HB 3072 Parker, Tan (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3363 Sanford, Scott (Identical)
  3-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Extends convention center hotel moratorium to 2021.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2194 Lucio, Eddie(D) Relating to the municipal hotel occupancy tax.
 
Companions:
HB 4042 Lucio III, Eddie (Identical)
  3-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Sports facility bill for San Benito. Needs addition of claw-back provision. Also makes San Benito eligible for convention center hotel rebates.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
SB 2210 West, Royce(D) Relating to the use of certain tax revenue by certain municipalities for the payment of job training programs and the development of hotel and convention center projects.
 
Companions:
HB 4347 Anchia, Rafael (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Brandon’s convention center hotel bill.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2264 Taylor, Larry(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to multipurpose convention center facility projects.
 
Companions:
HB 4524 Bonnen, Greg (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Kemah convention center and convention center hotel project. Has “multipurpose” language in it.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2336 Creighton, Brandon(R) Relating to the use of tax revenue by certain municipalities for the payment of certain hotel-related bonds or other obligations.
 
Remarks: Conroe convention center hotel.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2421 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to the use of tax revenue by certain municipalities for the payment of certain hotel-related bonds or other obligations.
 
Companions:
HB 4102 Sanford, Scott (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Convention center hotel bill for Celina, Texas.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Total Convention Center Hotel Bills: 31
 
  Criminal Law  
 
HB 84 Moody, Joe(D) Relating to the repeal of the offense of homosexual conduct.
 
Remarks: Decriminalizes homosexual conduct.
 
Bill History: 02-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
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.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Committee action pending House Culture, Recreation and Tourism
HB 395 Gervin-Hawkins, Barbara(D) Relating to the issuance of a citation for a criminal trespass offense punishable as a Class B misdemeanor.
 
Companions:
SB 961 Bettencourt, Paul (Identical)
  3-27-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
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.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence
HB 2524 Anderson, Doc(R) Relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of theft of service.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
HB 4235 Anderson, Doc(R) Relating to increasing the criminal penalty for burglary of a commercial building in which trade or commerce is conducted.
 
Companions:
SB 2099 Birdwell, Brian (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
 
Remarks: Increases criminal penalty for burglary of a commercial building in which trade or commerce is conducted.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
SB 961 Bettencourt, Paul(R) Relating to the issuance of a citation for a criminal trespass offense punishable as a Class B misdemeanor.
 
Companions:
HB 395 Gervin-Hawkins, Barbara (Identical)
  2-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
SB 2099 Birdwell, Brian(R) Relating to increasing the criminal penalty for burglary of a commercial building in which trade or commerce is conducted.
 
Companions:
HB 4235 Anderson, Doc (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
 
Remarks: Increases criminal penalty for burglary of a commercial building in which trade or commerce is conducted.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
 
Total Criminal Law Bills: 8
 
  Economic Development  
 
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)
  2-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Ways and Means
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)
  3-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Ways and Means
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2111 Pacheco, Leo (F)(D) Relating to economic development, providing for an amendment to certain existing tax increment reinvestment zones to extend the duration of the zones.
 
Remarks: Extends duration of certain tax increment financing zones.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2799 Sanford, Scott(R) Relating to economic development.
 
Remarks: Changes application process for an entity to apply for tax abatement applications.
 
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Committee action pending House Ways and Means
HB 3160 Raymond, Richard(D) Relating to an election in certain municipalities to convert all or a portion of a sales and use tax originally adopted for the purpose of sports and community venues to a sales and use tax for economic development purp
 
Companions:
SB 1798 Zaffirini, Judith (Identical)
  3-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance
 
Remarks: Allows for the conversion of a venue sales tax from a Chapter 334 venue sales tax to an economic development sales tax.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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)
  3-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Ways and Means
HB 499 Button, Angie Chen (Identical)
  2-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Extends economic development property tax abatement Chapter 212 until 2029.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1798 Zaffirini, Judith(D) Relating to an election in certain municipalities to convert all or a portion of a sales and use tax originally adopted for the purpose of sports and community venues to a sales and use tax for economic development purp
 
Companions:
HB 3160 Raymond, Richard (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Allows for the conversion of a venue sales tax from a Chapter 334 venue sales tax to an economic development sales tax.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance
 
Total Economic Development Bills: 7
 
  Education  
 
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)
  3-21-19 S Reported favorably from committee on Senate Education
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.036 – House Public Education
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)
  3-26-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.036, House Public Education
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Reported favorably from committee on Senate Education
 
Total Education Bills: 2
   
  Event Trust Funds  
 
HB 2402 Geren, Charlie(R) Relating to the eligibility of certain events to receive funding through the Major Events Reimbursement Program.
 
Companions:
SB 1431 Fallon, Pat (F) (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Adds a National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions, a National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hackamore Classic, a National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity to major events trust fund.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Culture, Recreation and Tourism
HB 3213 Collier, Nicole(D) Relating to the eligibility of certain exhibitions and festivals to receive funding through the Major Events Reimbursement Program.
 
Companions:
SB 1270 Watson, Kirk (Identical)
  3- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Adds, “a world-renowned exhibition or festival that is recognized by the International World Exhibition & Festival Organization” to eligible events under the Major Events Trust Fund program.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Culture, Recreation and Tourism
HB 4174 Leach, Jeff(R) Relating to the nonsubstantive revision of the event reimbursement programs, including the Pan American Games trust fund, Olympic Games trust fund, Major Events reimbursement.
 
Remarks: Edits events trusts fund corrects event title.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
SB 1270 Watson, Kirk(D) Relating to the eligibility of certain exhibitions and festivals to receive funding through the Major Events Reimbursement Program.
 
Companions:
HB 3213 Collier, Nicole (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Culture, Recreation and Tourism
 
Remarks: Adds, “a world-renowned exhibition or festival that is recognized by the International World Exhibition & Festival Organization” to eligible events under the Major Events Trust Fund program.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1431 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to the eligibility of certain events to receive funding through the Major Events Reimbursement Program.
 
Companions:
HB 2402 Geren, Charlie (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Committee action pending House Culture, Recreation and Tourism
 
Remarks: Adds a National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions, a National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hackamore Classic, a National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity to major events trust fund.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2182 Nelson, Jane(R) Relating to the eligibility of certain events for funding under the Major Events Reimbursement Program.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Total Event Trust Funds Bills: 6
 
  Firearm bill  
 
HB 238 Krause, Matt(R) Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
 
Companions:
HB 110 Krause, Matt (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Does not allow state agencies to provide assistance to federal agencies upholding gun regulations.
 
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety
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.
 
Companions:
SB 19 Hughes, Bryan (Identical)
  3-25-19 S Committee action pending Senate State Affairs
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Homeland Security and Public Safety
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.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
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.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Committee action pending House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
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)
  2-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: 1. Removes prohibition on carrying handgun in a place of religious worship. 2. Reduces misdemeanor classification for trespass with a handgun.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
HB 1791 Krause, Matt(R) Relating to the carrying of handguns by license holders on property owned or leased by a governmental entity.
 
Companions:
SB 1900 Fallon, Pat (F) (Identical)
  3-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Prohibits local governments from posting firearms restrictions.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 2136 Schaefer, Matt(R) Relating to warning signs applicable to the carrying of weapons on the premises of certain holders of alcoholic beverage licenses and permits and to grounds for cancellation of those licenses and permits.
 
Companions:
HB 1637 Schaefer, Matt (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Abolishes the requirement to post the blue notice sign regarding “no unlicensed firearms” for establishments that receive less than half of its revenue from alcohol sales.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2280 Goodwin, Vikki (F)(D) Relating to the notice given by a property owner prohibiting a handgun license holder from carrying a handgun on certain property.
 
Companions:
HB 899 Nevarez, Poncho (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Prescribes specific signage for prohibiting handguns.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 2352 Burns, DeWayne(R) Relating to the punishment for the offense of unlawfully carrying a handgun by a license holder.
 
Remarks: Reduces criminal penalizes for carrying a firearm when given notice such carrying is forbidden.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
HB 2949 Guillen, Ryan(D) Relating to a license to carry a handgun for a person who is at increased risk of becoming a victim of violence.
 
Remarks: Creates a special category of licensed firearms holders for persons at increased risk of becoming a victim of violence. Allows such persons to carry firearms in places in the same manner as peace officers, including private property that otherwise prohibits it.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 3231 Clardy, Travis(R) Relating to the regulation of firearms, air guns, knives, ammunition, or firearm or air gun supplies or accessories by a county or municipality.
 
Companions:
SB 1927 Fallon, Pat (F) (Identical)
  3-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Preempts municipalities and counties from enacting firearms regulations.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
SB 19 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.
 
Companions:
HB 302 Paul, Dennis (Identical)
  3-18-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Homeland Security and Public Safety
SB 472 Hughes, Bryan (Identical)
  2-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 S Committee action pending Senate State Affairs
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).
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 S Voted favorably from committee as substituted Senate Education
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.
 
Companions:
SB 19 Hughes, Bryan (Identical)
  3-25-19 S Committee action pending Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Prohibits a landlord or condominium owner from prohibiting firearms carried by tenants.
 
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
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)
  2-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
 
Remarks: 1. Removes prohibition on carrying handgun in a place of religious worship. 2. Reduces misdemeanor classification for trespass with a handgun.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 772 Hughes, Bryan(R) Relating to evidence in certain civil actions of a person’s failure to forbid handguns on certain property.
 
Remarks: Disallows firearm posting policy to be used as evidence in a civil trial.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1057 Hall, Bob(R) Relating to the liability of a property owner who allows handguns to be carried on the owner’s property.
 
Companions:
SB 86 Hall, Bob (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Creates immunity from civil liability for allowing firearms on a premises.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1900 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to the carrying of handguns by license holders on property owned or leased by a governmental entity.
 
Companions:
HB 1791 Krause, Matt (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
 
Remarks: Prohibits local governments from posting firearms restrictions.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1927 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to the regulation of firearms, air guns, knives, ammunition, or firearm or air gun supplies or accessories by a county or municipality.
 
Companions:
HB 3231 Clardy, Travis (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
 
Remarks: Preempts municipalities and counties from enacting firearms regulations.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Total Firearm bill Bills: 24
 
  Food Service  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Culture, Recreation and Tourism
HB 1801 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to requirements for and municipal regulation of dogs in an outdoor dining area of a food service establishment.
 
Companions:
SB 476 Hancock, Kelly (Identical)
  3-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Public Health
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 2223 Frullo, John(R) Relating to the exemption of certain commercial weighing or measuring devices from registration and inspection requirements.
 
Companions:
SB 581 Perry, Charles (Identical)
  3-11-19 S Committee action pending Senate Agriculture
 
Remarks: The bill provides that a commercial scale is exempt from registration and inspection requirements if it is exclusively used to weight food sold ready for immediate consumption regardless of whether the food is consumed on the premises where the food is weighed and sold; and not exempted from sales and use tax. This language will limit the bill’s reach to only those places that sell food ready for immediate consumption and not extended to grocery stores where produce may be sold ready to eat but is exempt from sales tax.
 
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Set on the House Calendar
HB 3518 Gutierrez, Roland(D) Relating to the authority of a county to require a permit for certain food service establishments.
 
Remarks: Allows counties to require food service establishment permits for a food service provider located in an unincorporated area of a county.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
SB 476 Hancock, Kelly(R) Relating to requirements for and municipal regulation of dogs in an outdoor dining area of a food service establishment.
 
Companions:
HB 1801 Goldman, Craig (Identical)
  3- 5-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Public Health
SB 581 Perry, Charles(R) Relating to the exemption of certain commercial weighing or measuring devices from registration and inspection requirements.
 
Companions:
HB 2223 Frullo, John (Identical)
  4- 1-19 H Set on the House Calendar
 
Remarks: The bill provides that a commercial scale is exempt from registration and inspection requirements if it is exclusively used to weight food sold ready for immediate consumption regardless of whether the food is consumed on the premises where the food is weighed and sold; and not exempted from sales and use tax. This language will limit the bill’s reach to only those places that sell food ready for immediate consumption and not extended to grocery stores where produce may be sold ready to eat but is exempt from sales tax.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 S Committee action pending Senate Agriculture
 
Total Food Service Bills: 6
   
  Gambling  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3043 Gutierrez, Roland(D) Relating to the operation of 12 casinos in this state by licensed persons in counties that have approved casino gaming.
 
Remarks: Allows up to 12 casinos in Texas.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
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.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HJR 67 Pacheco, Leo (F)(D) Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the operation of five casinos in this state by licensed persons in certain municipalities that have approved casino gaming.
 
Remarks: Constitutional amendment to allow casinos in five communities.
 
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HJR 68 Nevarez, Poncho(D) Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas to conduct gaming by executing a gaming agreement with this state.
 
Remarks: Constitutional amendment to expand Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass to expand operations.
 
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HJR 78 Beckley, Michelle (F)(D) Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the operation of six casinos in this state by licensed persons in certain counties that have approved casino gaming.
 
Remarks: Constitutional amendment. Would allow up to six casinos.
 
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
SJR 41 Menendez, Jose(D) Proposing a constitutional amendment creating the Texas Gaming Commission and authorizing and regulating the operation of casino games and slot machines by a limited number of licensed owners.
 
Remarks: Constitutional amendment. Establishes casino gaming commission and allows for a limited number of casinos in various areas of the state.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SJR 42 Alvarado, Carol (F)(D) Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the operation of casino gaming by licensed persons at nine locations in this state to provide additional money for the permanent school fund.
 
Remarks: Constitutional amendment. Allows up to nine casinos in the state.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Total Gambling Bills: 8
 
  Hotel Administration  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 3163 Springer, Drew(R) Relating to parking for persons with disabilities.
 
Remarks: Requires properties to paint the words “no parking” on access aisles adjacent to handicap parking spaces, and also include additional language on signs indicating consequences for illegally parking in the space.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Transportation
HB 3598 Martinez Fischer, Trey(D) Relating to certain unclaimed property that is presumed abandoned.
 
Remarks: Amends provisions dealing with abandoned property.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
SB 888 Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination in places of public accommodation.
 
Remarks: Prohibits a place of public accommodation from discriminating based on gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1260 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to applicability to military service members of minimum age policies imposed by commercial lodging establishments.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1607 Hall, Bob(R) Relating to a study on issues regarding service animals.
 
Remarks: Creates on study on issues related to service animals, including studying state laws that address a person who falsely identifies an animal as a service animal.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1643 Miles, Borris(D) Relating to the deceptive trade practice of charging exorbitant or excessive prices for necessities during a declared disaster.
 
Remarks: Sets price gouging during a disaster as exorbitant if it 20% or more than the average price the necessity is sold during the usual course of business during the 60 days immediately before the date of the proclamation declaring the disaster.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1644 Miles, Borris(D) Relating to the unlawful interception, use, or disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications.
 
Remarks: Allows for limited interception of electronic communication for emergencies.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
SB 1713 Lucio, Eddie(D) Relating to the towing and booting of unauthorized vehicles on a parking facility during certain hours.
 
Remarks: A vehicle may be towed or booted on a weekday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm if the parking facility owner requests in writing that the towing company / booting company tow or install a boot.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Hotel Administration Bills: 9
 
  Hotel Development  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Land and Resource Management
HB 2496 Cyrier, John(R) Relating to the designation of a property as a historic landmark by a municipality.
 
Companions:
SB 1488 Buckingham, Dawn (Identical)
  3-27-19 S Committee action pending Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Allows a property to object to municipality designating it as a local historic landmark.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Culture, Recreation and Tourism
HB 2990 Vo, Hubert(D) Relating to the amendment of the dedicatory instruments of certain mixed-use real estate developments.
 
Companions:
SB 1845 Miles, Borris (Identical)
  3-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 2992 Vo, Hubert(D) Relating to the amendment of the dedicatory instruments of certain mixed-use real estate developments.
 
Companions:
SB 1844 Miles, Borris (Identical)
  3-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
SB 1304 Bettencourt, Paul(R) Relating to notice of proposed changes to muncipal zoning classifications.
 
Remarks: Requires a zoning commission to give written notice of a public hearing to affected property owners on a proposed zoning change.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 S Voted favorably from committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
SB 1488 Buckingham, Dawn(R) Relating to the designation of a property as a historic landmark by a municipality.
 
Companions:
HB 2496 Cyrier, John (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Committee action pending House Culture, Recreation and Tourism
 
Remarks: Allows a property to object to municipality designating it as a local historic landmark.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Committee action pending Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1844 Miles, Borris(D) Relating to the amendment of the dedicatory instruments of certain mixed-use real estate developments.
 
Companions:
HB 2992 Vo, Hubert (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1845 Miles, Borris(D) Relating to the amendment of the dedicatory instruments of certain mixed-use real estate developments.
 
Companions:
HB 2990 Vo, Hubert (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Hotel Development Bills: 8
 
  Human Trafficking  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 1232 Guillen, Ryan(D) Relating to the establishment and duties of the human trafficking prevention coordinating council.
 
Companions:
SB 72 Nelson, Jane (Identical)
  3-27-19 H Received in the House
 
Remarks: Creates state-level human trafficking coordinating council.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House State Affairs
HB 1616 Ortega, Lina(D) Relating to certain notice and license display requirements applicable to massage therapy.
 
Companions:
SB 802 Rodriguez, Jose (Identical)
  3- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: 1) Requires photographs on massage therapist license. 2) requires human trafficking signage where massage therapists work.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
SB 72 Nelson, Jane(R) Relating to the establishment and duties of the human trafficking prevention coordinating council.
 
Companions:
HB 1232 Guillen, Ryan (Identical)
  3-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House State Affairs
 
Remarks: Creates state-level human trafficking coordinating council.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Received in the House
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.
 
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
SB 802 Rodriguez, Jose(D) Relating to certain notice and license display requirements applicable to massage therapy.
 
Companions:
HB 1616 Ortega, Lina (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: 1) Requires photographs on massage therapist license. 2) requires human trafficking signage where massage therapists work.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1219 Alvarado, Carol (F)(D) Relating to human trafficking signs at transportation hubs.
 
Remarks: Requires human trafficking signage at transportation hubs. A “transportation hub” is: a bus, bus stop, train, train station, rest area, or airport.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for
 
Total Human Trafficking Bills: 8
 
  Hurricane / Disaster  
 
HB 34 Raymond, Richard(D) Relating to a statewide disaster alert system.
 
Companions:
SB 2352 Hall, Bob (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Creates a statewide disaster warning system. Includes availability of lodging.
 
Bill History: 02-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 2320 Paul, Dennis(R) Relating to services provided during and following a disaster.
 
Remarks: Disaster response–deals with communications systems and hardening of certain infrastructure. No hotel implications as of filing.
 
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 2647 Morrison, Geanie(R) Relating to the allocation of certain state hotel occupancy tax revenue.
 
Companions:
SB 1719 Lucio, Eddie (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Transfers 2% of the 6% state hotel occupancy tax rate collected in coastal counties to a coastal erosion response account that goes to the General Land Office to address coastal erosion. Does not directly affect state tourism program funding.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3702 Burrows, Dustin(R) Relating to the amount of civil penalties the attorney general may seek to recover under the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act.
 
Companions:
SB 2140 Hughes, Bryan (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Reduces civil penalty AG may seek for a violation of the Texas DTPA from $20k per violation to $10k per violation.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
SB 6 Kolkhorst, Lois(R) Relating to emergency and disaster management, response, and recovery.
 
Remarks: Establishes an emergency management working group.
 
Bill History: 03-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
SB 1643 Miles, Borris(D) Relating to the deceptive trade practice of charging exorbitant or excessive prices for necessities during a declared disaster.
 
Remarks: Sets price gouging during a disaster as exorbitant if it 20% or more than the average price the necessity is sold during the usual course of business during the 60 days immediately before the date of the proclamation declaring the disaster.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1719 Lucio, Eddie(D) Relating to the allocation of certain state hotel occupancy tax revenue.
 
Companions:
HB 2647 Morrison, Geanie (Identical)
  3-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Transfers 2% of the 6% state hotel occupancy tax rate collected in coastal counties to a coastal erosion response account that goes to the General Land Office to address coastal erosion. Does not directly affect state tourism program funding.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2140 Hughes, Bryan(R) Relating to the amount of civil penalties the attorney general may seek to recover under the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act.
 
Companions:
HB 3702 Burrows, Dustin (Identical)
  3-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
Remarks: Reduces civil penalty AG may seek for a violation of the Texas DTPA from $20k per violation to $10k per violation.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 2204 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to declarant control of a property owners’ association board.
 
Remarks: Disaster response–deals with communications systems and hardening of certain infrastructure. No hotel implications as of filing.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 2352 Hall, Bob(R) Relating to a statewide disaster alert system.
 
Companions:
HB 34 Raymond, Richard (Identical)
  2-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
 
Remarks: Creates a statewide disaster warning system. Includes availability of lodging.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Hurricane / Disaster Bills: 11
   
  LGBT discrimination  
 
HB 84 Moody, Joe(D) Relating to the repeal of the offense of homosexual conduct.
 
Remarks: Decriminalizes homosexual conduct.
 
Bill History: 02-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
HB 244 Farrar, Jessica(D) Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
 
Companions:
HB 2692 Reynolds, Ron (Identical)
  3-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
 
Remarks: Makes sexual orientation and gender identity a protected classification.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 850 Johnson, Eric(D) Relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
 
Companions:
HB 225 Johnson, Eric (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 1250 Menendez, Jose (Identical)
  3- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Makes sexual orientation a protected class for employment discrimination purposes.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
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.
 
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.026 – House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
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
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
HB 2692 Reynolds, Ron(D) Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
 
Companions:
HB 244 Farrar, Jessica (Identical)
  2-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
 
Remarks: Makes sexual orientation and gender identity a protected classification.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 4512 Cain, Briscoe(R) Relating to the rights of persons relating to a marriage that violates a sincerely held religious belief.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues
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.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 152 Rodriguez, Jose(D) Relating to the repeal of the criminal offense of homosexual conduct.
 
Companions:
HB 980 Beckley, Michelle (F) (Identical)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
 
Remarks: Removes criminality of homosexual conduct.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
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)
  4- 1-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.026, House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
 
Remarks: Recognizes same sex marriage in Texas law and removes criminality of homosexual conduct.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 886 Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to the prohibition of housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression and to the enforcement of that prohibition.
 
Remarks: Landlord-tenant: Prohibits a landlord from discriminating based on gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 888 Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination in places of public accommodation.
 
Remarks: Prohibits a place of public accommodation from discriminating based on gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1250 Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
 
Companions:
HB 850 Johnson, Eric (Identical)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
Remarks: Makes sexual orientation a protected class for employment discrimination purposes.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Total LGBT discrimination Bills: 16
 
  Landlord – Tenant law  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
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.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Business and Industry
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 1209 Rodriguez, Eddie(D) Relating to the right to vacate and avoid residential lease liability following the occurrence of family violence.
 
Companions:
HB 1912 Meza, Terry (F) (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Business and Industry
 
Remarks: Allows a tenant to vacate a lease if documented family violence.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
HB 1257 Rosenthal, Jon (F)(D) Relating to the repeal of the prohibition against certain municipal or county regulation of the rental or leasing of housing accommodations.
 
Companions:
HB 2187 Rodriguez, Eddie (Identical)
  3- 6-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
 
Remarks: Repeals the 2015 preemption law that prohibits cities from making the acceptance of housing assistance a protected classification in residential leases.
 
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 1519 Phelan, Dade(R) Relating to fees regarding a residential tenant’s failure to timely pay rent.
 
Remarks: Landlord tenant late fees: Limits late fees to the greater of $150 or 10% of the amount of rent in a residential lease.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
HB 1629 Morrison, Geanie(R) Relating to the right to vacate and avoid residential lease liability following the occurrence of family violence.
 
Companions:
HB 1663 Herrero, Abel (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
SB 234 Nelson, Jane (Identical)
  3- 6-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
 
Remarks: Allows for a tenant to break a residential lease if documentation of family violence.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
HB 1663 Herrero, Abel(D) Relating to the right to vacate and avoid residential lease liability following the occurrence of family violence.
 
Companions:
HB 1629 Morrison, Geanie (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
SB 234 Nelson, Jane (Identical)
  3- 6-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
 
Remarks: Allows for a tenant to break a residential lease if documentation of family violence.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
HB 1859 Neave, Victoria(D) Relating to a landlord’s obligation to rekey a security device for a dwelling.
 
Remarks: Current law gives a landlord seven days to re-key, change key cards, or change a lock when tenants turnover. Bill would require re-keying before tenants turnover.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 1860 Neave, Victoria(D) Relating to a landlord’s right to enter the dwelling of a residential tenant.
 
Remarks: Requires a landlord provide written notice at least 48 hours notice in advance before entering a tenant’s property. Any lease provisions that waive this right are void.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 1912 Meza, Terry (F)(D) Relating to the right to vacate and avoid residential lease liability following the occurrence of family violence.
 
Companions:
HB 1209 Rodriguez, Eddie (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
 
Remarks: Allows a tenant to vacate a lease if documented family violence.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Business and Industry
HB 2076 Neave, Victoria(D) Relating to methods of payment of rent and security deposits to residential landlords.
 
Remarks: Requires a landlord to allow a tenant to pay the tenant’s security deposit in a manner without a service charge.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 2187 Rodriguez, Eddie(D) Relating to the repeal of the prohibition against certain municipal or county regulation of the rental or leasing of housing accommodations.
 
Companions:
HB 1257 Rosenthal, Jon (F) (Identical)
  2-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
 
Remarks: Repeals the 2015 preemption law that prohibits cities from making the acceptance of housing assistance a protected classification in residential leases.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 2457 Canales, Terry(D) Relating to certain obligations of and limitations on landlords regarding residential tenants’ rental payments, late fees, and security deposits.
 
Remarks: Limits how and adds notices for late payment of rent fees by a landlord.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 4358 Sanford, Scott(R) Relating to smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in residential rental units.
 
Remarks: Requires carbon monoxide detectors in a residential lease, in addition to smoke detectors.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
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)
  2-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
Remarks: A landlord may not terminate a parking permit until the lease terminates.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 234 Nelson, Jane(R) Relating to the right to vacate and avoid residential lease liability following the occurrence of family violence.
 
Companions:
HB 1629 Morrison, Geanie (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
HB 1663 Herrero, Abel (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
 
Remarks: Allows for a tenant to break a residential lease if documentation of family violence.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
SB 886 Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to the prohibition of housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression and to the enforcement of that prohibition.
 
Remarks: Landlord-tenant: Prohibits a landlord from discriminating based on gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1414 Hancock, Kelly(R) Relating to fees regarding a residential tenant’s failure to timely pay rent.
 
Remarks: Modifies late fees a landlord can charge a tenant.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 S Not heard in committee Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Landlord – Tenant law Bills: 19
 
  Litigation  
 
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)
  3-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
 
Remarks: Adds rock climbing to the list of activities that exempt a property owner from liability for injuries incurred when doing the recreational activity.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar
HB 3702 Burrows, Dustin(R) Relating to the amount of civil penalties the attorney general may seek to recover under the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act.
 
Companions:
SB 2140 Hughes, Bryan (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Reduces civil penalty AG may seek for a violation of the Texas DTPA from $20k per violation to $10k per violation.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
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)
  3-27-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar
 
Remarks: Adds rock climbing to the list of activities where a property owner is exempt from liability to injury.
 
Bill History: 03-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
SB 2140 Hughes, Bryan(R) Relating to the amount of civil penalties the attorney general may seek to recover under the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act.
 
Companions:
HB 3702 Burrows, Dustin (Identical)
  3-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
Remarks: Reduces civil penalty AG may seek for a violation of the Texas DTPA from $20k per violation to $10k per violation.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Total Litigation Bills: 4
 
  Local Gov’t  
 
HB 2 Burrows, Dustin(R) Relating to ad valorem taxation.
 
Companions:
SB 2 Bettencourt, Paul (Identical)
  2-14-19 S Reported from committee as substituted 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.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Ways and Means
HB 440 Murphy, Jim(R) Relating to general obligation bonds issued by political subdivisions.
 
Remarks: Requires a local election for certain municipal GO bonds.
 
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Set on the House Calendar
HB 984 Parker, Tan(R) Relating to requirements for new or increased municipal fees.
 
Companions:
SB 849 Fallon, Pat (F) (Identical)
  3- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
 
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).”
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 1041 Walle, Armando(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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 2191 Capriglione, Giovanni(R) Relating to the public information law.
 
Companions:
SB 944 Watson, Kirk (Identical)
  3-26-19 S Committee action pending Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Charges governmental entities with additional requirements to preserve records.
 
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs
HB 2216 Biedermann, Kyle(R) Relating to display of the national motto in government buildings.
 
Companions:
SB 679 Hall, Bob (Identical)
  3- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Requires all publicly owned buildings (including city buildings, school buildings, etc.) to publicly display, “In God We Trust,” if such a sign is donated to be displayed.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 3402 Phelan, Dade(R) Relating to changing the criminal offense of conspiracy to circumvent the open meetings law.
 
Companions:
SB 1640 Watson, Kirk (Identical)
  3-25-19 S Committee action pending Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Re-establishes the Texas Open Meetings Act’s prohibition on members of a governmental body conspiring to circumvent the Act’s requirements on communications outside a public meeting. This is in response to a 2019 Texas Supreme Court case that partially invalidated the Open Meetings Act.
 
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Meeting set for 10:30 A.M. OR ADJ., E2.028 – House State Affairs
SB 2 Bettencourt, Paul(R) Relating to ad valorem taxation.
 
Companions:
HB 2 Burrows, Dustin (Identical)
  3-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Revenue cap bill. Requirement that voters approve any local property tax increase of more than 2.5 percent before it can take effect.
 
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Reported from committee as substituted Senate Property Tax
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.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 679 Hall, Bob(R) Relating to display of the national motto in government buildings.
 
Companions:
HB 2216 Biedermann, Kyle (Identical)
  3- 6-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
 
Remarks: Requires all publicly owned buildings (including city buildings, school buildings, etc.) to publicly display, “In God We Trust,” if such a sign is donated to be displayed.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 849 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to requirements for new or increased municipal fees.
 
Companions:
HB 984 Parker, Tan (Identical)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
 
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).”
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
SB 944 Watson, Kirk(D) Relating to the public information law.
 
Companions:
HB 2191 Capriglione, Giovanni (Identical)
  3-20-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs
 
Remarks: Charges governmental entities with additional requirements to preserve records.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 S Committee action pending Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1640 Watson, Kirk(D) Relating to changing the criminal offense of conspiracy to circumvent the open meetings law.
 
Companions:
HB 3402 Phelan, Dade (Identical)
  4- 1-19 H Meeting set for 10:30 A.M. OR ADJ., E2.028, House State Affairs
 
Remarks: Re-establishes the Texas Open Meetings Act’s prohibition on members of a governmental body conspiring to circumvent the Act’s requirements on communications outside a public meeting. This is in response to a 2019 Texas Supreme Court case that partially invalidated the Open Meetings Act.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 S Committee action pending Senate State Affairs
 
Total Local Gov’t Bills: 13
   
  Miscellaneous  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Committee action pending House Natural Resources
 
Total Miscellaneous Bills: 1
   
  Personnel – General  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-15-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 287 Thompson, Senfronia(D) Relating to unlawful employment practices regarding discrimination in payment of compensation.
 
Companions:
HB 228 Thompson, Senfronia (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Defines what constitutes an allegation of discrimination in payment of compensation. -Refile from past sessions. TAB will oppose.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 850 Johnson, Eric(D) Relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
 
Companions:
HB 225 Johnson, Eric (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 1250 Menendez, Jose (Identical)
  3- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Makes sexual orientation a protected class for employment discrimination purposes.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
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.
 
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.014 – House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 1527 Neave, Victoria(D) Relating to an employee’s liability for sexual harassment.
 
Remarks: Makes sexual harassment an unlawful employment practice, and makes victims a protected classification.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 1529 Neave, Victoria(D) Relating to the statute of limitations applicable to a sexual harassment complaint filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.
 
Remarks: Lengthens statute of limitations on sexual harassment claims to 300 days.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 1575 Turner, Chris(D) Relating to sexual harassment prevention training and information for employees.
 
Remarks: Mandates state-provided sexual harassment prevention training for private employers.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 1654 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
 
Companions:
SB 15 Creighton, Brandon (Identical)
  3-27-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for
 
Remarks: ASSET paid sick leave bill. Preempts city ordinances pertaining to conditions of employment in the private sector.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 1751 Collier, Nicole(D) Relating to a prohibition on sex discrimination in employment compensation.
 
Companions:
SB 160 Rodriguez, Jose (Identical)
  2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: 1. Prohibits employment applications from inquiring about wage history. 2. Creates a prohibition against discrimination in wages. 3. Creates an unlawful employment practice if the employer discriminates against employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to an employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employer of the opposite sex for the same or similar work. 4. Provides exceptions for union situations.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 1822 Neave, Victoria(D) Relating to the definition of “employer” for purposes of a sexual harassment claim.
 
Remarks: Expands sexual harassment claim requirements to all employers, instead of employers with 15 or more employees.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 2278 Zwiener, Erin (F)(D) Relating to the statute of limitations applicable to a sexual harassment complaint filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.
 
Remarks: Extends date of statute of limitations on a sexual harassment claim from 180 days to two years.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 2279 Zwiener, Erin (F)(D) Relating to the prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace.
 
Companions:
SB 1140 Zaffirini, Judith (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 46 Zaffirini, Judith (Identical)
  2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 2960 Hinojosa, Gina(D) Relating to a prohibition against covenants not to compete for certain low-wage employees.
 
Remarks: Invalidates covenants not to compete for employees earning less than $15.01 per hour.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 3410 Reynolds, Ron(D) Relating to requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
 
Remarks: Require private employers to provide paid sick leave at the rate of 1 hour of leave for every 30 hours worked.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 3449 Smithee, John(R) Relating to employment protections for jury service.
 
Companions:
SB 370 Watson, Kirk (Identical)
  3-20-19 S Meeting cancelled for 03/21/19, Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Strengthens protection from termination or retaliation for an employee who serves on a juror or attends a jury appearance.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
HB 3728 Bernal, Diego(D) Relating to requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
 
Companions:
SB 1826 Menendez, Jose (Identical)
  3-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Mandates paid sick leave for private employers at the rate of one hour of leave for 30 hours of work.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 3847 Calanni, Gina (F)(D) Relating to requiring reasonable workplace accommodations for and prohibiting discrimination against employees or applicants for employment with limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.
 
Remarks: Requires additional accommodations for pregnant women and new mothers. Includes additional breaks and restructuring jobs.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
SB 15 Creighton, Brandon(R) Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
 
Companions:
HB 1654 Goldman, Craig (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
 
Remarks: ASSET paid sick leave bill. Preempts city ordinances pertaining to conditions of employment in the private sector.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for
SB 46 Zaffirini, Judith(D) Relating to the prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace.
 
Companions:
SB 1140 Zaffirini, Judith (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 2279 Zwiener, Erin (F) (Identical)
  3-18-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
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.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 160 Rodriguez, Jose(D) Relating to a prohibition on sex discrimination in employment compensation.
 
Companions:
HB 1751 Collier, Nicole (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
Remarks: 1. Prohibits employment applications from inquiring about wage history. 2. Creates a prohibition against discrimination in wages. 3. Creates an unlawful employment practice if the employer discriminates against employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to an employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employer of the opposite sex for the same or similar work. 4. Provides exceptions for union situations.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 370 Watson, Kirk(D) Relating to employment protections for jury service.
 
Companions:
HB 3449 Smithee, John (Identical)
  3-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
 
Remarks: Strengthens protection from termination or retaliation for an employee who serves on a juror or attends a jury appearance.
 
Bill History: 03-20-19 S Meeting cancelled for 03/21/19 – Senate State Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 762 Campbell, Donna(R) Relating to wages and employment benefits.
 
Remarks: Prohibits a local government from setting local employment benefit regulations for the private sector. Not the ASSET bill.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 875 Campbell, Donna(R) Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to adopt or enforce certain regulations regarding whether a private employer may obtain or consider an employment applicant’s or employee’s criminal history record.
 
Companions:
HB 577 Workman, Paul (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 1262 Huffman, Joan (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Preempts cities from enacting “ban the box” ordinances. Preempts local governments from restricting private employers’ ability to consider criminal history in in employment decisions.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1250 Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
 
Companions:
HB 850 Johnson, Eric (Identical)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
Remarks: Makes sexual orientation a protected class for employment discrimination purposes.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1826 Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
 
Companions:
HB 3728 Bernal, Diego (Identical)
  3-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
Remarks: Mandates paid sick leave for private employers at the rate of one hour of leave for 30 hours of work.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Total Personnel – General Bills: 32
 
  Personnel – Health  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs
HB 1559 Meza, Terry (F)(D) Relating to employment leave for certain family or medical obligations.
 
Companions:
HB 656 Minjarez, Ina (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Provides for mandatory 30 days paid leave in various circumstances.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
Total Personnel – Health Bills: 2
 
  Personnel – Immigration  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 2288 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to a prohibition against the knowing employment of persons not lawfully present in the United States and the suspension of licenses held by certain employers for the knowing employment of those persons.
 
Remarks: A person loses all professional licenses if knowingly employs a persons not lawfully present in the U.S. Creates a safe harbor for E-Verify.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Personnel – Immigration Bills: 2
 
  Personnel – Taxes  
 
Total Personnel – Taxes Bills: 0
 
  Personnel – Unemployment Comp  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-22-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
Total Personnel – Unemployment Comp Bills: 2
 
  Personnel – Workers’ Comp  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
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.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Business and Industry
HB 750 Walle, Armando(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.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 1665 Patterson, Jared (F)(R) Relating to certain workers’ compensation reporting requirements.
 
Companions:
SB 1853 Paxton, Angela (F) (Identical)
  3-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Business and Industry
HB 1985 Lozano, Jose(R) Relating to administrative violations committed by certified self-insurer administrators under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act.
 
Companions:
SB 431 Zaffirini, Judith (Identical)
  2-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Applies the administrative procedures applicable to workers comp insurance companies to self-insured employers.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 3537 Shine, Hugh(R) Relating to the determination of whether a person is intoxicated for purposes of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act.
 
Remarks: Removes mens rea component of a workers’ comp claim operating under the influence of alcohol.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
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, Armando (Identical)
  2-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
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)
  3-26-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Business and Industry
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
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.
 
Companions:
HB 1985 Lozano, Jose (Identical)
  3- 5-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
Remarks: Applies the administrative procedures applicable to workers comp insurance companies to self-insured employers.
 
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 934 Hancock, Kelly(R) Relating to judicial review of certain workers’ compensation disputes.
 
Remarks: Lengthens time from 45 days to 60 days in which a party can seek judicial review of an appeals panel decision in a workers’ comp case.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Received in the House
SB 1853 Paxton, Angela (F)(R) Relating to certain workers’ compensation reporting requirements.
 
Companions:
HB 1665 Patterson, Jared (F) (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Business and Industry
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Personnel – Workers’ Comp Bills: 11
 
  Personnel – Wage & hour  
 
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)
SB 1917 Alvarado, Carol (F) (Identical)
  3-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Req’s public contracts with private entities to contain additional protections for workers.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House State Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 03-15-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 83 Romero, Ramon(D) Relating to administrative penalties assessed by the Texas Workforce Commission against certain employers for failure to pay wages.
 
Companions:
HB 373 Romero, Ramon (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Provides that an employer who is found to have acted in bad faith regarding (non)payment of wages shall automatically incur some type of administrative penalty.
 
Bill History: 03-22-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Business and Industry
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)
HB 3273 Gonzalez, Jessica (F) (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
Remarks: Raises minimum wage to $15/hour. Eliminates tip credit.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 287 Thompson, Senfronia(D) Relating to unlawful employment practices regarding discrimination in payment of compensation.
 
Companions:
HB 228 Thompson, Senfronia (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Defines what constitutes an allegation of discrimination in payment of compensation. -Refile from past sessions. TAB will oppose.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 03-22-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry
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
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
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.
 
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 1654 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
 
Companions:
SB 15 Creighton, Brandon (Identical)
  3-27-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for
 
Remarks: ASSET paid sick leave bill. Preempts city ordinances pertaining to conditions of employment in the private sector.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 1751 Collier, Nicole(D) Relating to a prohibition on sex discrimination in employment compensation.
 
Companions:
SB 160 Rodriguez, Jose (Identical)
  2- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: 1. Prohibits employment applications from inquiring about wage history. 2. Creates a prohibition against discrimination in wages. 3. Creates an unlawful employment practice if the employer discriminates against employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to an employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employer of the opposite sex for the same or similar work. 4. Provides exceptions for union situations.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 2138 Goodwin, Vikki (F)(D) Relating to the minimum wage.
 
Remarks: Increases minimum wage to $15/hour. Abolishes trip credit. Repeals local government preemption.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 2240 Murphy, Jim(R) Relating to the payment of wages by an employer through a payroll card account.
 
Companions:
SB 1485 Hinojosa, Chuy (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Would allow an employer to opt to pay employees via a payroll deposit card.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 3273 Gonzalez, Jessica (F)(D) Relating to the minimum wage.
 
Companions:
HB 285 Alonzo, Roberto (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 475 Reynolds, Ron (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 992 Walle, Amando (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 194 Reynolds, Ron (Identical)
  2-25-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
Remarks: Raises minimum wage to $15/hour. Eliminates tip credit.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 3504 Martinez Fischer, Trey(D) Relating to the minimum wage.
 
Remarks: Removes preemption of local wage and hour. Increases statewide minimum wage to $10.10/hr.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 3922 Martinez Fischer, Trey(D) Relating to the minimum wage.
 
Remarks: Raises minimum wage to $14 / hour by 2024. Eliminates tip credit. Repeals local preemption.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 4555 Turner, Chris(D) Relating to the minimum wage and overtime pay for employees.
 
Remarks: An employee may not use a payroll method that guarantees pay for a variable number of hours.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
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)
  2- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Sets a statewide minimum wage at $10.10
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HJR 80 Goodwin, Vikki (F)(D) Proposing a constitutional amendment establishing an increased minimum wage.
 
Remarks: Constitutional amendment. Increases minimum wage to $15/hour. Abolishes trip credit. Repeals local government preemption.
 
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
SB 15 Creighton, Brandon(R) Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
 
Companions:
HB 1654 Goldman, Craig (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
 
Remarks: ASSET paid sick leave bill. Preempts city ordinances pertaining to conditions of employment in the private sector.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for
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)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
Remarks: Sets a statewide minimum wage at $10.10
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 160 Rodriguez, Jose(D) Relating to a prohibition on sex discrimination in employment compensation.
 
Companions:
HB 1751 Collier, Nicole (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
Remarks: 1. Prohibits employment applications from inquiring about wage history. 2. Creates a prohibition against discrimination in wages. 3. Creates an unlawful employment practice if the employer discriminates against employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to an employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employer of the opposite sex for the same or similar work. 4. Provides exceptions for union situations.
 
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 762 Campbell, Donna(R) Relating to wages and employment benefits.
 
Remarks: Prohibits a local government from setting local employment benefit regulations for the private sector. Not the ASSET bill.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1485 Hinojosa, Chuy(D) Relating to the payment of wages by an employer through a payroll card account.
 
Companions:
HB 2240 Murphy, Jim (Identical)
  3-18-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
Remarks: Would allow an employer to opt to pay employees via a payroll deposit card.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1486 Hinojosa, Chuy(D) Relating to required rest and meal breaks for certain employees.
 
Remarks: Requires employers to provide paid rest breaks and unpaid meal breaks.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1917 Alvarado, Carol (F)(D) Relating to the prevailing wage for work associated with public work contracts.
 
Companions:
HB 3357 Romero, Ramon (Refiled from 85R Session)
HB 28 Romero, Ramon (Identical)
  3-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House State Affairs
 
Remarks: Req’s public contracts with private entities to contain additional protections for workers.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SJR 22 Menendez, Jose(D) Proposing a constitutional amendment establishing an increased minimum wage.
 
Companions:
HJR 45 Turner, Chris (Identical)
  2-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
Remarks: Constitutional amendment establishing a higher minimum wage.
 
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Total Personnel – Wage & hour Bills: 33
 
  Personnel – Benefit Mandates  
 
HB 1654 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
 
Companions:
SB 15 Creighton, Brandon (Identical)
  3-27-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for
 
Remarks: ASSET paid sick leave bill. Preempts city ordinances pertaining to conditions of employment in the private sector.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 3410 Reynolds, Ron(D) Relating to requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
 
Remarks: Require private employers to provide paid sick leave at the rate of 1 hour of leave for every 30 hours worked.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 3728 Bernal, Diego(D) Relating to requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
 
Companions:
SB 1826 Menendez, Jose (Identical)
  3-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Mandates paid sick leave for private employers at the rate of one hour of leave for 30 hours of work.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
HB 3823 Sherman, Carl (F)(D) Relating to a paid family care leave incentive for certain employers.
 
Remarks: Allows for an exemption from franchise tax if employer offers paid parental leave.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
SB 15 Creighton, Brandon(R) Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
 
Companions:
HB 1654 Goldman, Craig (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
 
Remarks: ASSET paid sick leave bill. Preempts city ordinances pertaining to conditions of employment in the private sector.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for
SB 1486 Hinojosa, Chuy(D) Relating to required rest and meal breaks for certain employees.
 
Remarks: Requires employers to provide paid rest breaks and unpaid meal breaks.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1826 Menendez, Jose(D) Relating to requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
 
Companions:
HB 3728 Bernal, Diego (Identical)
  3-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House International Relations/Economic Dev
 
Remarks: Mandates paid sick leave for private employers at the rate of one hour of leave for 30 hours of work.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Total Personnel – Benefit Mandates Bills: 7
 
  Preemption of local law  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 1654 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
 
Companions:
SB 15 Creighton, Brandon (Identical)
  3-27-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for
 
Remarks: ASSET paid sick leave bill. Preempts city ordinances pertaining to conditions of employment in the private sector.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 2014 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to regulate certain activities.
 
Companions:
SB 1209 Hancock, Kelly (Identical)
  3- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Monitor as STR vehicle bill. Preempts local government from establishing additional occupational licenses.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3231 Clardy, Travis(R) Relating to the regulation of firearms, air guns, knives, ammunition, or firearm or air gun supplies or accessories by a county or municipality.
 
Companions:
SB 1927 Fallon, Pat (F) (Identical)
  3-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Preempts municipalities and counties from enacting firearms regulations.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
SB 15 Creighton, Brandon(R) Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
 
Companions:
HB 1654 Goldman, Craig (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
 
Remarks: ASSET paid sick leave bill. Preempts city ordinances pertaining to conditions of employment in the private sector.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for
SB 762 Campbell, Donna(R) Relating to wages and employment benefits.
 
Remarks: Prohibits a local government from setting local employment benefit regulations for the private sector. Not the ASSET bill.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 875 Campbell, Donna(R) Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to adopt or enforce certain regulations regarding whether a private employer may obtain or consider an employment applicant’s or employee’s criminal history record.
 
Companions:
HB 577 Workman, Paul (Refiled from 85R Session)
SB 1262 Huffman, Joan (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Preempts cities from enacting “ban the box” ordinances. Preempts local governments from restricting private employers’ ability to consider criminal history in in employment decisions.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1209 Hancock, Kelly(R) Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to regulate certain activities.
 
Companions:
HB 2014 Goldman, Craig (Identical)
  3- 5-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: Monitor as STR vehicle bill. Preempts local government from establishing additional occupational licenses.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1927 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to the regulation of firearms, air guns, knives, ammunition, or firearm or air gun supplies or accessories by a county or municipality.
 
Companions:
HB 3231 Clardy, Travis (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
 
Remarks: Preempts municipalities and counties from enacting firearms regulations.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Total Preemption of local law Bills: 9
 
  Property Insurance  
 
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)
  3-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
 
Remarks: Adds rock climbing to the list of activities that exempt a property owner from liability for injuries incurred when doing the recreational activity.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar
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)
  3-27-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar
 
Remarks: Adds rock climbing to the list of activities where a property owner is exempt from liability to injury.
 
Bill History: 03-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
 
Total Property Insurance Bills: 2
 
  Property Transactions  
 
HB 1833 Wray, John(R) Relating to the authority to transfer real property in the name of an entity.
 
Companions:
SB 977 Hughes, Bryan (Identical)
  3- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Allows a person to execute an affidavit and transfer real estate in the name of another person or entity.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
SB 977 Hughes, Bryan(R) Relating to the authority to transfer real property in the name of an entity.
 
Companions:
HB 1833 Wray, John (Identical)
  3- 5-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
 
Remarks: Allows a person to execute an affidavit and transfer real estate in the name of another person or entity.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Property Transactions Bills: 2
   
  School Start Date  
 
HB 228 Krause, Matt(R) Relating to accountability and standards for districts of innovation.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Education
HB 233 Krause, Matt(R) Relating to the scheduling of the first and last days of school for students by school districts.
 
Companions:
HB 2515 Pacheco, Leo (F) (Identical)
  3-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Education
SB 673 Campbell, Donna (Identical)
  3- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
 
Remarks: Changes school start date until the Tuesday after Labor Day.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Committee action pending House Public Education
HB 1604 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to the scheduling of the last day of school for students by public school districts.
 
Companions:
HB 1180 Goldman, Craig (Refiled from 85R Session)
 
Remarks: Prohibits public schools from scheduling the last day of school after either May 15 or the Friday preceding Memorial Day.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Education
HB 2515 Pacheco, Leo (F)(D) Relating to the scheduling of the first and last days of school for students by school districts.
 
Companions:
HB 233 Krause, Matt (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Committee action pending House Public Education
SB 673 Campbell, Donna (Identical)
  3- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
 
Remarks: Changes school start date until the Tuesday after Labor Day.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Education
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)
  3-13-19 H Committee action pending House Public Education
HB 2515 Pacheco, Leo (F) (Identical)
  3-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Education
 
Remarks: Changes school start date until the Tuesday after Labor Day.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
 
Total School Start Date Bills: 5
 
  Short-term rental  
 
HB 2014 Goldman, Craig(R) Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to regulate certain activities.
 
Companions:
SB 1209 Hancock, Kelly (Identical)
  3- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Monitor as STR vehicle bill. Preempts local government from establishing additional occupational licenses.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3773 Button, Angie Chen(R) Relating to regulation of short-term rental units by municipalities.
 
Companions:
SB 1888 Fallon, Pat (F) (Identical)
  3-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 3778 Button, Angie Chen(R) Relating to regulation of short-term rental units.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 3779 Button, Angie Chen(R) Relating to the collection of state, municipal, and county hotel occupancy taxes by a short-term rental marketplace.
 
Companions:
SB 1472 Powell, Beverly (F) (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Establishes tax payment procedures for “short-term rental marketplaces.”
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4176 Button, Angie Chen(R) Relating to the regulation of short-term rentals by a property owners’ association.
 
Remarks: STR bill – Notwithstanding any other law, a property owners’ association may adopt or enforce a provision in a dedicatory instrument that regulates the use of property covered by the dedicatory instrument as a short-term rental.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
SB 1209 Hancock, Kelly(R) Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to regulate certain activities.
 
Companions:
HB 2014 Goldman, Craig (Identical)
  3- 5-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: Monitor as STR vehicle bill. Preempts local government from establishing additional occupational licenses.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1472 Powell, Beverly (F)(D) Relating to the collection of state, municipal, and county hotel occupancy taxes by a short-term rental marketplace.
 
Companions:
HB 3779 Button, Angie Chen (Identical)
  3-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Establishes tax payment procedures for “short-term rental marketplaces.”
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1888 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to regulation of short-term rental units by municipalities.
 
Companions:
HB 3773 Button, Angie Chen (Identical)
  3-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Short-term rental Bills: 8
 
  Spas services & health clubs  
 
HB 1616 Ortega, Lina(D) Relating to certain notice and license display requirements applicable to massage therapy.
 
Companions:
SB 802 Rodriguez, Jose (Identical)
  3- 1-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: 1) Requires photographs on massage therapist license. 2) requires human trafficking signage where massage therapists work.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 1705 Shaheen, Matt(R) Relating to abolishing the regulation of the practices of barbering and cosmetology.
 
Remarks: Repeals regulation and licensing of barbering and cometology.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 1865 Landgraf, Brooks(R) Relating to the licensing and regulation of massage therapy.
 
Remarks: 1) Repeals massages student exemption from licensing. 2) Requires TDLR to perform criminal background changes of massage licenses, including renewals. 3) Creates a student permit system.
 
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 2747 Ortega, Lina(D) Relating to the licensing and regulation of massage therapy.
 
Companions:
SB 1433 Rodriguez, Jose (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Requires additional fingerprinting of persons licensed as massage therapists. Also allows local law enforcement to inspect fingerprints at places where licensed massage therapists work.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
SB 802 Rodriguez, Jose(D) Relating to certain notice and license display requirements applicable to massage therapy.
 
Companions:
HB 1616 Ortega, Lina (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: 1) Requires photographs on massage therapist license. 2) requires human trafficking signage where massage therapists work.
 
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1433 Rodriguez, Jose(D) Relating to the licensing and regulation of massage therapy.
 
Companions:
HB 2747 Ortega, Lina (Identical)
  3-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
 
Remarks: Requires additional fingerprinting of persons licensed as massage therapists. Also allows local law enforcement to inspect fingerprints at places where licensed massage therapists work.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Spas services & health clubs Bills: 6
 
  Still needs a change  
 
HB 1633 Kuempel, John(R) Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax.
 
Remarks: Allows Wilson County to impose up to a 7% county-wide hotel occupancy tax. Needs a change because it includes Floresville, TX.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 1634 Kuempel, John(R) Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax.
 
Remarks: Allows Guadalupe County to impose up to a 7% county-wide hotel occupancy tax. Needs a change because it includes Seguin, TX.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2788 Paul, Dennis(R) Relating to the use of hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain municipalities, including the authority to pledge certain revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
SB 1307 Taylor, Larry (Identical)
  3- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Hotel tax bill for Webster. Would allow convention center hotel, plus hotel tax for related infrastructure.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2959 Springer, Drew(R) Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax.
 
Remarks: Allows Wilbarger County to impose up to a 7% hotel occupancy tax rate. Would apply within the City of Vernon. Needs a change.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4042 Lucio III, Eddie(D) Relating to the municipal hotel occupancy tax.
 
Companions:
SB 2194 Lucio, Eddie (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
 
Remarks: Sports facility bill for San Benito. Needs addition of claw-back provision. Also makes San Benito eligible for convention center hotel rebates.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4158 Zwiener, Erin (F)(D) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: HOT use for promotion and preservation of dark skies through construction and maintenance of infrastructure that reduces light pollution and sky glow. (Blanco, TX)
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4581 Zwiener, Erin (F)(D) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Allows Dripping Springs to use hotel tax revenue for the construction and maintenance of “paths” and “trails.”
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
SB 1307 Taylor, Larry(R) Relating to the use of hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain municipalities, including the authority to pledge certain revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
HB 2788 Paul, Dennis (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Hotel tax bill for Webster. Would allow convention center hotel, plus hotel tax for related infrastructure.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1393 Seliger, Kel(R) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Would allow Odessa to enter into a long-term lease with UT Permian Basin for sports fields. HOT could be used to construct sports facilities. Contains claw-back and CVB funding provision.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2194 Lucio, Eddie(D) Relating to the municipal hotel occupancy tax.
 
Companions:
HB 4042 Lucio III, Eddie (Identical)
  3-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Sports facility bill for San Benito. Needs addition of claw-back provision. Also makes San Benito eligible for convention center hotel rebates.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
SB 2249 Miles, Borris(D) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to create sports and community venue districts and to authorize and finance certain sports and community venue projects.
 
Remarks: Downtown Houston bill. Allows use of hotel tax for parks, green space, outdoor arenas, pavilions, recreational space, and commercial areas in the George R. Brown district–located between two convention center hotels. Also allows for the voters to approve up to a two percent alcoholic beverage gross receipts tax to pay for a venue project, including a park. Goal is to relocate Hwy 59 underground through downtown Houston. Would allow redirection of City of Houston’s venue district hotel occupancy tax revenue currently funding the GRB for park space / green space, public facilities, etc. in downtown.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
 
 
  TPID  
 
HB 951 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)
  3-20-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
 
Remarks: Denton TPID bill.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
HB 1135 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.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
HB 1136 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.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Urban Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
HB 1474 Anderson, Doc(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
 
Companions:
SB 2102 Birdwell, Brian (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
 
Remarks: Waco TPID bill.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
HB 1577 Anchia, Rafael(D) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
 
Companions:
SB 642 Johnson, Nathan (F) (Identical)
  3-25-19 S First placement on Senate Intent Calendar for
 
Remarks: TPID bill for Irving.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
HB 3499 Holland, Justin(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
 
Companions:
SB 385 Nelson, Jane (Identical)
  3-20-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
 
Remarks: Frisco TPID.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
SB 385 Nelson, Jane(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
 
Companions:
HB 3499 Holland, Justin (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
 
Remarks: Frisco TPID. By Jane Nelson. Filed with reference back to 372.003 b(13) not our narrower preferred language. – To be discussed.
 
Bill History: 03-20-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
SB 386 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)
  3- 7-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
 
Remarks: Denton TPID bill.
 
Bill History: 03-20-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
SB 642 Johnson, Nathan (F)(D) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
 
Companions:
HB 1577 Anchia, Rafael (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
 
Remarks: TPID bill for Irving.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 S First placement on Senate Intent Calendar for
SB 2102 Birdwell, Brian(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
 
Companions:
HB 1474 Anderson, Doc (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
 
Remarks: Waco TPID bill.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
 
Total TPID Bills: 11
 
  Tax – Franchise  
 
HB 3823 Sherman, Carl (F)(D) Relating to a paid family care leave incentive for certain employers.
 
Remarks: Allows for an exemption from franchise tax if employer offers paid parental leave.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Total Tax – Franchise Bills: 1
 
  Tax – Hotel Occupancy  
 
HB 1195 King, Tracy(D) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Allows Pearsall to use hotel tax revenue for the construction of a sports facility, similar to Pecos, Jourdanton, and several other cities.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 1197 Button, Angie Chen(R) Relating to the allocation of hotel occupancy tax revenue collected by certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Garland hotel tax bill. Removes requirement for Garland to spend at least 50% of its hotel tax revenue on advertising and promotion.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 1633 Kuempel, John(R) Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax.
 
Remarks: Allows Wilson County to impose up to a 7% county-wide hotel occupancy tax. Needs a change because it includes Floresville, TX.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 1634 Kuempel, John(R) Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax.
 
Remarks: Allows Guadalupe County to impose up to a 7% county-wide hotel occupancy tax. Needs a change because it includes Seguin, TX.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2199 King, Tracy(D) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Allows Cotulla to use hotel tax revenue for the construction of a sports facility, similar to Pecos, Jourdanton, and several other cities.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2272 Guillen, Ryan(D) Relating to the county hotel occupancy tax rate in certain counties.
 
Remarks: Allows Jim Hogg County to have up to a 7% county-wide hotel tax rate. No cities within County.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2647 Morrison, Geanie(R) Relating to the allocation of certain state hotel occupancy tax revenue.
 
Companions:
SB 1719 Lucio, Eddie (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Transfers 2% of the 6% state hotel occupancy tax rate collected in coastal counties to a coastal erosion response account that goes to the General Land Office to address coastal erosion. Does not directly affect state tourism program funding.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2788 Paul, Dennis(R) Relating to the use of hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain municipalities, including the authority to pledge certain revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
SB 1307 Taylor, Larry (Identical)
  3- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Hotel tax bill for Webster. Would allow convention center hotel, plus hotel tax for related infrastructure.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2959 Springer, Drew(R) Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax.
 
Remarks: Allows Wilbarger County to impose up to a 7% hotel occupancy tax rate. Would apply within the City of Vernon. Needs a change.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3197 Landgraf, Brooks(R) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Would allow Odessa to enter into a long-term lease with UT Permian Basin for sports fields. HOT could be used to construct sports facilities. Contains claw-back and CVB funding provision.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3356 Bucy, John (F)(D) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Allows Cedar Park to use hotel tax revenue for the Cedar Park Center.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3579 Burrows, Dustin(R) Relating to the calculation, collection, and remittance of state hotel occupancy taxes.
 
Remarks: Texas Comptroller hotel tax cleanup bill. The Texas Comptroller is requesting legislation that clarifies how state hotel occupancy taxes apply to various charges, such as “charges for reserving or booking the room or space.” Additionally, the bill will require that, “if the person who owns, operates, manages, or controls the hotel is not the person who collects payment for a room or space in the hotel, th e person who collects payment for the room or space shall: (1) collect for the state the tax that is imposed by this chapter; and (2) certify to the person who owns, operates, manages, or controls the hotel that the tax has been collected and will be paid to the comptroller.”
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3779 Button, Angie Chen(R) Relating to the collection of state, municipal, and county hotel occupancy taxes by a short-term rental marketplace.
 
Companions:
SB 1472 Powell, Beverly (F) (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Establishes tax payment procedures for “short-term rental marketplaces.”
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3864 Bohac, Dwayne(R) Relating to the expenditure of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue allocated by certain municipalities for certain purposes.
 
Remarks: THLA HOT bill.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3947 Toth, Steve(R) Relating to the authority of certain special purpose districts to use hotel occupancy tax revenue.
 
Companions:
HB 4377 Toth, Steve (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: HOT bill for The Woodlands. Allows The Woodlands Township to use a limited amount of hotel tax revenue for a performing arts center.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4042 Lucio III, Eddie(D) Relating to the municipal hotel occupancy tax.
 
Companions:
SB 2194 Lucio, Eddie (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
 
Remarks: Sports facility bill for San Benito. Needs addition of claw-back provision. Also makes San Benito eligible for convention center hotel rebates.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4152 Nevarez, Poncho(D) Relating to use of hotel occupancy tax be certain counties.
 
Remarks: Allows for limited hotel tax revenue for national park during a government shutdown
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4158 Zwiener, Erin (F)(D) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: HOT use for promotion and preservation of dark skies through construction and maintenance of infrastructure that reduces light pollution and sky glow. (Blanco, TX)
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4201 King, Phil(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
SB 2420 Fallon, Pat (F) (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Weatherford use of HOT for a convention center.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4203 Canales, Terry(D) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain municipalities.
 
Companions:
SB 2137 Hinojosa, Chuy (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Edinburg use of HOT for related infrastructure within 2500 feet of the facility or field.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4216 Krause, Matt(R) Relating to the deposit of certain hotel occupancy and car rental tax revenue into the foundation school fund.
 
Remarks: Allows for part of HOT collected to be deposited into the school foundation fund.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Appropriations
HB 4228 Nevarez, Poncho(D) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Hotel tax bill for Alpine. Removes Alpine’s special restrictions. Supported by local hoteliers.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4305 Phelan, Dade(R) Relating to the use of hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain counties.
 
Companions:
SB 2208 Nichols, Robert (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Orange County hotel tax bill for a Pavilion. THLA language.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4347 Anchia, Rafael(D) Relating to the use of certain tax revenue by certain municipalities for the payment of job training programs and the development of hotel and convention center projects.
 
Companions:
SB 2210 West, Royce (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4377 Toth, Steve(R) Relating to the authority of certain special purpose districts to use hotel occupancy tax revenue.
 
Companions:
HB 3947 Toth, Steve (Identical)
  3-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Hotel tax bill for The Woodlands.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4524 Bonnen, Greg(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to multipurpose convention center facility projects.
 
Companions:
SB 2264 Taylor, Larry (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Kemah convention center and convention center hotel project. Has “multipurpose” language in it.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4581 Zwiener, Erin (F)(D) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Allows Dripping Springs to use hotel tax revenue for the construction and maintenance of “paths” and “trails.”
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 4644 Bell, Cecil(R) Relating to the creation of the Wood Trace Management District of Montgomery County, Texas.
 
Companions:
SB 2459 Creighton, Brandon (Identical)
  3-27-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
 
Remarks: Management District. Allows for imposition of a hotel occupancy tax that can be used for a purpose under Chapter 351.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House County Affairs
HB 4657 Bell, Cecil(R) Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Management District No. 1.
 
Companions:
SB 2461 Creighton, Brandon (Identical)
  3-27-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Land and Resource Management
HB 4676 Stephenson, Phil(R) Relating to the creation of the Fort Bend County Management District No. 3.
 
Remarks: Management District. Allows for imposition of a hotel occupancy tax that can be used for a purpose under Chapter 351.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Filed
SB 320 Flores, Pete(R) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Allows Pearsall to use hotel tax revenue for the construction of a sports facility, similar to Pecos, Jourdanton, and several other cities.
 
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1262 Johnson, Nathan (F)(D) Relating to the allocation of hotel occupancy tax revenue collected by certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: 1. Allows Garland to use municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue to pay for costs associated with sporting events in which the majority of participants are tourists and in which there is substantial economic activity at area hotels. This would bring Garland into line with hotel tax authority given to most other cities. 2. Allows Garland to use hotel municipal hotel tax revenue to fund the improvement of a municipally-owned sports facility, with the associated claw-back of Section 351.1076 applicable to such a sports facility. 3. Requires Garland to spend at least 30% of its hotel tax revenue on advertising and conducting solicitations to attract tourists and hotel guests to the community.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1307 Taylor, Larry(R) Relating to the use of hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain municipalities, including the authority to pledge certain revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
HB 2788 Paul, Dennis (Identical)
  3-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Hotel tax bill for Webster. Would allow convention center hotel, plus hotel tax for related infrastructure.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1319 Birdwell, Brian(R) Relating to an annual report submitted to the comptroller by a county that imposes certain hotel occupancy taxes.
 
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1393 Seliger, Kel(R) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Would allow Odessa to enter into a long-term lease with UT Permian Basin for sports fields. HOT could be used to construct sports facilities. Contains claw-back and CVB funding provision.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1467 Hughes, Bryan(R) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.
 
Remarks: Modifies Queen City, Texas’s existing authority to use hotel tax revenue for a sports facility authority by removing the requirement that the facility be used at least 10 times in the preceding year for state, regional, or national championship activity. Retains claw-back / ROI provision.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1472 Powell, Beverly (F)(D) Relating to the collection of state, municipal, and county hotel occupancy taxes by a short-term rental marketplace.
 
Companions:
HB 3779 Button, Angie Chen (Identical)
  3-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Establishes tax payment procedures for “short-term rental marketplaces.”
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1719 Lucio, Eddie(D) Relating to the allocation of certain state hotel occupancy tax revenue.
 
Companions:
HB 2647 Morrison, Geanie (Identical)
  3-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Transfers 2% of the 6% state hotel occupancy tax rate collected in coastal counties to a coastal erosion response account that goes to the General Land Office to address coastal erosion. Does not directly affect state tourism program funding.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2137 Hinojosa, Chuy(D) Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain municipalities.
 
Companions:
HB 4203 Canales, Terry (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Edinburg hotel tax bill for sports facilities.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2194 Lucio, Eddie(D) Relating to the municipal hotel occupancy tax.
 
Companions:
HB 4042 Lucio III, Eddie (Identical)
  3-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Sports facility bill for San Benito. Needs addition of claw-back provision. Also makes San Benito eligible for convention center hotel rebates.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
SB 2208 Nichols, Robert(R) Relating to the use of hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain counties.
 
Companions:
HB 4305 Phelan, Dade (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Orange County hotel tax bill for a Pavilion. THLA language.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2210 West, Royce(D) Relating to the use of certain tax revenue by certain municipalities for the payment of job training programs and the development of hotel and convention center projects.
 
Companions:
HB 4347 Anchia, Rafael (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Brandon’s convention center hotel bill.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2249 Miles, Borris(D) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to create sports and community venue districts and to authorize and finance certain sports and community venue projects.
 
Remarks: Downtown Houston bill. Allows use of hotel tax for parks, green space, outdoor arenas, pavilions, recreational space, and commercial areas in the George R. Brown district–located between two convention center hotels. Also allows for the voters to approve up to a two percent alcoholic beverage gross receipts tax to pay for a venue project, including a park. Goal is to relocate Hwy 59 underground through downtown Houston. Would allow redirection of City of Houston’s venue district hotel occupancy tax revenue currently funding the GRB for park space / green space, public facilities, etc. in downtown.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2264 Taylor, Larry(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to multipurpose convention center facility projects.
 
Companions:
HB 4524 Bonnen, Greg (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Kemah convention center and convention center hotel project. Has “multipurpose” language in it.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2420 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.
 
Companions:
HB 4201 King, Phil (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Weatherford use of HOT for a convention center.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 2459 Creighton, Brandon(R) Relating to the creation of the Wood Trace Management District of Montgomery County, Texas.
 
Companions:
HB 4644 Bell, Cecil (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House County Affairs
 
Remarks: Management District. Allows for imposition of a hotel occupancy tax that can be used for a purpose under Chapter 351.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
SB 2461 Creighton, Brandon(R) Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Management District No. 1.
 
Companions:
HB 4657 Bell, Cecil (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Land and Resource Management
 
Remarks: Management District. Allows for imposition of a hotel occupancy tax that can be used for a purpose under Chapter 351.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Intergovernmental Relations
 
Total Tax – Hotel Occupancy Bills: 47
 
  Tax – Other  
 
HB 3006 Burrows, Dustin(R) Relating to the administration of the mixed beverage sales tax.
 
Companions:
SB 2211 West, Royce (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Establishes rules and reporting requirements for the mixed beverage sales tax.
 
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
SB 2211 West, Royce(D) Relating to the administration of the mixed beverage sales tax.
 
Companions:
HB 3006 Burrows, Dustin (Identical)
  3-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Establishes rules and reporting requirements for the mixed beverage sales tax.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Tax – Other Bills: 2
 
  Tax – Sales  
 
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)
  2- 7-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance
 
Remarks: Allows certain county districts to impose a sales and use tax.
 
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 1192 Thompson, Ed(R) Relating to the amount deducted from certain distributions of local tax revenue as the state’s share.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 1525 Burrows, Dustin(R) Relating to the administration and collection of sales and use taxes applicable to sales involving marketplace providers.
 
Companions:
SB 890 Nelson, Jane (Identical)
  3-18-19 S Committee action pending Senate Finance
 
Remarks: Marketplace / Wayfair bill.
 
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Ways and Means
HB 1965 Thompson, Senfronia(D) Relating to the sales and use tax exemption for certain amusement services.
 
Companions:
SB 1273 Bettencourt, Paul (Identical)
  3-19-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
 
Remarks: Expands definition of sales tax exempt amusement services.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Ways and Means
HB 2358 Guillen, Ryan(D) Relating to the administration and collection of sales and use taxes applicable to certain sales.
 
Remarks: Collecting sales tax on items sold through a store, internet website, software application, or catalog.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
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)
  2-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Allows certain county districts to impose a sales and use tax.
 
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance
SB 890 Nelson, Jane(R) Relating to the administration and collection of sales and use taxes applicable to sales involving marketplace providers.
 
Companions:
HB 1525 Burrows, Dustin (Identical)
  3-25-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Marketplace / Wayfair bill.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Committee action pending Senate Finance
SB 1273 Bettencourt, Paul(R) Relating to the sales and use tax exemption for certain amusement services.
 
Companions:
HB 1965 Thompson, Senfronia (Identical)
  3-27-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Expands definition of sales tax exempt amusement services.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
 
Total Tax – Sales Bills: 8
 
  Tourism  
 
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.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Committee action pending House Culture, Recreation and Tourism
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.
 
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Culture, Recreation and Tourism
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)
  3-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
 
Remarks: Adds rock climbing to the list of activities that exempt a property owner from liability for injuries incurred when doing the recreational activity.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar
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)
  3-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Transportation
 
Remarks: Reduces maximum permissible height of off-premises billboards from 85 feet to 42.5 feet.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Transportation
HB 897 Ortega, Lina(D) Relating to safety requirements for a person directly operating an amusement ride.
 
Remarks: Amusement ride operator requirements.
 
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Insurance
HB 1135 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.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
HB 1136 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.
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Urban Affairs
HB 1214 Cyrier, John(R) Relating to the allocation to and use by the Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission of certain proceeds from the imposition of state sales and use taxes on sporting goods.
 
Companions:
SB 26 Kolkhorst, Lois (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Reported from committee as substituted Senate Finance
SB 526 Kolkhorst, Lois (Identical)
  2-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance
 
Remarks: Reaffirms allocation of sales tax from sporting goods to TPWD.
 
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Appropriations
HB 2289 Ortega, Lina(D) Relating to the regulation of amusement rides by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
 
Companions:
SB 1495 Paxton, Angela (F) (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: Transfers amusement ride regulation from TDI to TDLR.
 
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Insurance
HB 2587 Lucio III, Eddie(D) Relating to the business of travel insurance.
 
Remarks: Regulates travel insurance.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Insurance
HB 2647 Morrison, Geanie(R) Relating to the allocation of certain state hotel occupancy tax revenue.
 
Companions:
SB 1719 Lucio, Eddie (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
 
Remarks: Transfers 2% of the 6% state hotel occupancy tax rate collected in coastal counties to a coastal erosion response account that goes to the General Land Office to address coastal erosion. Does not directly affect state tourism program funding.
 
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3499 Holland, Justin(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
 
Companions:
SB 385 Nelson, Jane (Identical)
  3-20-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
 
Remarks: Frisco TPID.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
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.
 
Bill History: 03-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Agriculture and Livestock
SB 26 Kolkhorst, Lois(R) Relating to the allocation to and use by the Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission of certain proceeds from the imposition of state sales and use taxes on sporting goods.
 
Companions:
HB 1214 Cyrier, John (Identical)
  2-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Appropriations
SB 526 Kolkhorst, Lois (Identical)
  2-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance
 
Remarks: Reaffirms allocation of sales tax from sporting goods to TPWD.
 
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Reported from committee as substituted Senate Finance
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)
  3-27-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar
 
Remarks: Adds rock climbing to the list of activities where a property owner is exempt from liability to injury.
 
Bill History: 03-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
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)
  2-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Transportation
 
Remarks: Reduces maximum permissible height of off-premises billboards from 85 feet to 42.5 feet.
 
Bill History: 03-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Transportation
SB 385 Nelson, Jane(R) Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
 
Companions:
HB 3499 Holland, Justin (Identical)
  3-26-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs
 
Remarks: Frisco TPID. By Jane Nelson. Filed with reference back to 372.003 b(13) not our narrower preferred language. – To be discussed.
 
Bill History: 03-20-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
SB 526 Kolkhorst, Lois(R) Relating to the allocation to and use by the Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission of certain proceeds from the imposition of state sales and use taxes on sporting goods.
 
Companions:
HB 1214 Cyrier, John (Identical)
  2-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Appropriations
SB 26 Kolkhorst, Lois (Identical)
  3-21-19 S Reported from committee as substituted Senate Finance
 
Remarks: Reaffirms allocation of sales tax from sporting goods to TPWD.
 
Bill History: 02-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance
SB 1495 Paxton, Angela (F)(R) Relating to the regulation of amusement rides by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
 
Companions:
HB 2289 Ortega, Lina (Identical)
  3- 6-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Insurance
 
Remarks: Transfers amusement ride regulation from TDI to TDLR.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1511 Nichols, Robert(R) Relating to the operation of the Battleship “Texas.”
 
Remarks: Allows TPWD to enter into an MOU with a nonprofit foundation for the operation and maintenance of the Battleship “Texas.”
 
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Committee action pending Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1719 Lucio, Eddie(D) Relating to the allocation of certain state hotel occupancy tax revenue.
 
Companions:
HB 2647 Morrison, Geanie (Identical)
  3-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Ways and Means
 
Remarks: Transfers 2% of the 6% state hotel occupancy tax rate collected in coastal counties to a coastal erosion response account that goes to the General Land Office to address coastal erosion. Does not directly affect state tourism program funding.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
SB 1875 Fallon, Pat (F)(R) Relating to fees for picking up or dropping off passengers at an airport.
 
Remarks: Seems to prohibit some airports from charging a fee to pick up passengers.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Transportation
 
Total Tourism Bills: 22
 
  Unions  
 
HB 3439 Patterson, Jared (F)(R) Relating to the authority of a municipality or county to require a labor peace agreement as a condition of engaging in a commercial transaction with the municipality or county.
 
Companions:
SB 1634 Campbell, Donna (Identical)
  3-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Remarks: Prohibits municipalities from requiring neutrality agreements.
 
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
SB 1634 Campbell, Donna(R) Relating to the authority of a municipality or county to require a labor peace agreement as a condition of engaging in a commercial transaction with the municipality or county.
 
Companions:
HB 3439 Patterson, Jared (F) (Identical)
  3-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
 
Remarks: Prohibits municipalities from requiring neutrality agreements.
 
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
 
Total Unions Bills: 2
 
  Windstorm  
 
HB 1510 Paddie, Chris(R) Relating to the operations and functions of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and the sunset review date for and programs administered by the association.
 
Companions:
SB 615 Buckingham, Dawn (Identical)
  3-26-19 S Voted favorably from committee as substituted Senate Business and Commerce
 
Remarks: TWIA sunset renewal bill.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Insurance
HB 1772 Middleton, Mayes (F)(R) Relating to rate filings by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.
 
Remarks: Lowers threshold in which TWIA can raise rates before requiring approval of 2/3 of the board of directors.
 
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Insurance
HB 3629 Herrero, Abel(D) Relating to premium rates for policies issued by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.
 
Remarks: During the three years following a declaration of disaster by the governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, the association may not raise the rates for policies issued in the area subject to the disaster declaration.
 
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Insurance
HB 4534 Lucio III, Eddie(D) Relating to the funding structure of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.
 
Remarks: Requires TWIA to obtain reinsurance if the reserve balance drops below $500 million.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Insurance
SB 615 Buckingham, Dawn(R) Relating to the operations and functions of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and the sunset review date for and programs administered by the association; authorizing a fee.
 
Companions:
HB 1510 Paddie, Chris (Identical)
  3- 4-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Insurance
 
Remarks: TWIA sunset renewal bill.
 
Bill History: 03-26-19 S Voted favorably from committee as substituted Senate Business and Commerce
 
Total Windstorm Bills: 5
 
 
 
 
     

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