86TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION RESULTS

  • 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

    CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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    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

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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    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

    EDUCATION & WORKFORCE

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    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

    EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS

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    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

    ENERGY

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    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

    ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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    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

    GENERAL BUSINESS

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    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

    HEALTH CARE

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    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

    TAXES & SPENDING

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    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

    TRANSPORTATION /INFRASTRUCTURE

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    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

    TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

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    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

    TORT REFORM

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    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

    WATER/INFRASTRUCTURE

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    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

    WORKERS' COMPENSATION

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.