2019 STATE PRIORITIES RESULTS

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

WINS

Appropriations Bill 

(HB 1 by Zerwas)  PASSED

Chapter 312 Tax Abatements

(HB 3143 by Murphy) PASSED

Regulation of Hemp

(HB 1325 by King) PASSED

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

(HB 1035 by Zedler) KILLED

LOSSES

TX Rural & Opportunity Zone Jobs Act

(HB 1000 by Paddie) DIED

Statewide PACE Program

(SB 1281 by Birdwell) DIED

TAXES & SPENDING

WINS

Aerospace Franchise Tax Deduction

(HB 1607 by Goldman) PASSED

Double Right-of-Way Tax

(SB 1152 by Hancock) PASSED

Wayfair – Online Tax Collections

(HB 1525 by Burrows) PASSED

Prepayment Tax Discounts

(HB 1729 by Murphy) KILLED

DRAWS

Property Tax Reform

(SB 2 by Bettencourt) PASSED

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS

WINS

Employment Protection for Volunteer Emergency Responders

(HB 2348 by King) VETOED

Payment of Wages Through Payroll Card Account
(HB 2240 by Murphy) PASSED

LOSSES

Preemption of Municipal Regulation of Employee Benefits

(SBs 2485-2488 by Creighton) DIED

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

WINS

Career & Technical Education Courses

(HB 963 by Bell) PASSED

Rural Broadband

(SB 14 by Nichols) PASSED

LOSSES

Instructional Materials For Schools

(HB 663 by K. King) DIED

Data Privacy

(HB 4518 by Martinez-Fischer) KILLED

Governor’s Broadband Council

(HB 1960 by Price) PASSED

DRAWS

Data Privacy

(HB 4390 by Capriglione) PASSED

HEALTH CARE

WINS

Cancer Prevention

(HB 39/HJR 12 by Zerwas) PASSED

Freestanding Emergency Rooms

(HB 1941 by Phelan) PASSED

Freestanding Emergency Rooms

(HB 2041 by Oliverson) PASSED

Opioids

(HB 3285 by Sheffield) PASSED

Surprise Medical Billing

(SB 1264 by Hancock) PASSED

Telemedicine – Medicaid Reimbursement

(HB 1063 by Price) PASSED

Telemedicine – Rural Health

(HB 871 by Price) PASSED

Tobacco 21

(SB 21 by Huffman) PASSED

Freestanding Emergency Rooms – Signage

(HB 1112 by S. Davis) PASSED

Health Benefits Mandates

(HB 217/HB 501/HB 670/HB 762/

HB 937/HB 1511/HB 1635/HB 1968/

HB 2658/HB 2682/HB 3984/HB 4420)
KILLED

LOSSES

1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver

(SB 2480 by Kolkhorst) DIED

Health Benefit Mandates

(HB 170 by Bernal/HB 1584 by Thompson) PASSED

Teledentistry

(SB 792 by Perry) DIED

Telepharmacy

(HB 1706 by Oliverson) DIED

EDUCATION & WORKFORCE

WINS

Free Pre-Kindergarten Programs 

(SB 1679 by West)  PASSED

Occupational & Life Skills Associate Degree 

(HB 3165 by Oliverson) PASSED

Repeal In-State Tuition for Undocumented

Immigrants

(HB 413 by Biederman) KILLED

School Finance

(HB 3 by Huberty) PASSED

Shortages in Health Professions

(HB 80 by Ortega) PASSED

Skills Development Fund 

(HB 700 by Guillen) PASSED

Linking Admission Applications to

Employment Data

(HB 277 by Oliverson) PASSED

Veterans Repository

(HB 2530 by Flynn) PASSED

Veterans Workforce

(HB 696 by Blanco) PASSED

Workforce Diploma Pilot Program

(SB 1055 by Zaffirini) PASSED

Workforce Grant Program

(HB 2784 by Phelan) PASSED

ENERGY

WINS

Electric Transmission Grid

(SB 1938 by Hancock) PASSED

Eminent Domain

(SB 421 by Kolkhorst) KILLED

Severance Tax Exemption for Oil & Gas

(SB 533 by Birdwell) PASSED

GENERAL BUSINESS

WINS

Auto Insurance

(HB 1348 by Clardy) KILLED

Auto Insurance

(HB 1739 by Geren) KILLED

Protection of Critical Infrastructure

(HB 3557 by Paddie) PASSED

Insurance - TWIA

(SB 615 by Buckingham) PASSED

Roofing Contractors

(HB 2103 by Capriglione) PASSED

TORT REFORM

WINS

Affidavit Process in Civil Suits

(HB 1693 by Smithee) PASSED

Attorney Advertising

(SB 1189 by Buckingham) PASSED

Contingency Fee Contracts for Political Subdivisions
(HB 2826 by G. Bonnen) PASSED

Hospital Liens

(HB 2929 by Leach) PASSED

Landowner Immunity

(SB 230 by Perry) PASSED

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

WINS

Construction Workers

(HB 750 by Walle) KILLED

Cost of Living Adjustments for Death Benefits

(HB 1305 by Meza) KILLED

Lifetime Income Benefits for First Responders
(HB 3676 by Capriglione) DIED

Reinstatement of Doctors

(HB 733 by Zedler) KILLED

TRANSPORTATION /INFRASTRUCTURE

WINS

Anti-High-Speed Rail

(HB 709/HB 1055/HB 1234/HB 1235/

HB 1242/HB 1368/HB 1369/HB 1986/

HB 1988/HB 1989/HB 2605/HB 2716) KILLED

Design-Build Contracts

(HB 2830 by Canales) PASSED

Salvage Dealers License

(HB 1667 by Goldman)  PASSED

LOSSES

Comprehensive Development Agreements/

Toll Road Bills

(HB 1951 by Krause/HB 1644 by Martinez) DIED

WATER

/INFRASTRUCTURE

WINS

Aquifer Storage

(HB 720 by Larson) PASSED

Creation of Flood Infrastructure Fund

(HJR 4 by Phelan) PASSED

Disaster Response Act

(SB 6 by Kolkhorst) PASSED

Flood Infrastructure Fund

(SB 7 by Creighton) PASSED

Groundwater Permits

(HB 1066 by Ashby) PASSED

State Flood Plan

(SB 8 by Perry) PASSED

Brackish Groundwater Development

(HB 722 by Larson) PASSED

State Participation Fund

(HB 1052 by Larson) PASSED

Study on Aquifer Storage

(HB 721 by Larson) PASSED

Water Availability Models

(HB 723 by Larson) PASSED

Water Rights Permits

(HB 1964 by Ashby) PASSED

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

WINS

Aggregate Production Operations

(HB 509/HB 3789/HB 1310/HB 999) KILLED

Air Quality Permit

(HB 2726 by Kuempel) PASSED

TERP

(HB 3745 by Bell) PASSED

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

WINS

Jobs & Paychecks Packet

(HB 918 by White) PASSED

Occupational Licensing – Criminal History

(SB 1531 by Hancock) PASSED

Occupational Licensing – False Arrests

(SB 1217 by Alvarado) PASSED

Occupational Licensing for Previously Incarcerated Individuals

(HB 1342 by Leach) PASSED

DRAWS

Driver Responsibility Program

(HB 2048 by Zerwas) PASSED

2019 STATE TOP PRIORITIES

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Texas has received numerous honors in recent years including the “America’s Top State for Business,” #1 for private sector job growth, the best state to start a business and the “Top State for Fortune 500 Headquarters.” To continue to be a national leader in economic development, we must take steps in the 86th Legislative Session to maintain that leadership role by investing in future job and economic growth. We must provide the state and local entities tools to compete for corporate relocations and expansions. 

EDUCATION & WORKFORCE

A strong education system in Texas is an integral element of a thriving state that provides expanded jobs and paychecks, while providing all Texans with the tools to succeed in a fast-changing society. As Texas' population and economy become more diverse, our education system, rooted in the state constitution, must reflect the needs and aspirations of every student to ensure his or her success. 

WATER

/INFRASTRUCTURE

Constructing new infrastructure and properly maintaining existing infrastructure is critical for all businesses in Texas. Of chief importance are water and flood control infrastructure. 

Water supply is vital for Texas businesses. To continue Texas’ economic prosperity, additional water supplies must be developed. During prolonged drought conditions, the need is more pronounced. 

HEALTH CARE

TAB advocates for the highest quality health care at the best cost available for both employers who provide health insurance to their employees and for the state taxpayers who fund Medicaid. TAB’s legislative priorities are wide-ranging, covering issues such as access, transparency, health literacy and quality of service.

TAB will continue to work with the Legislature to improve health care delivery models, help consumers understand their role in their own health care, increase access to primary care and lower health care costs for Texas businesses. 

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