AUSTIN, Texas (Nexstar) – The 87th Texas Legislation Session will officially convene this week in Austin, with lawmakers facing a number of challenges.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle facing state lawmakers as they gavel in this week, is the Coronavirus and how it might impact funding for other necessities throughout Texas.
Texas’ ending 2020-21 balance will be close to negative $1 billion, according to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Biennial Revenue Estimate, released on Monday. And Hegar’s office says it’s a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The ultimate path of the pandemic and the behavior of consumers and businesses during a resurgence are difficult to gauge,” says Hegar. “It’s also unclear how they’ll respond once the pandemic is fully under control.”
Here is a look at the bills filed so far by local lawmakers:
Texas House of Representatives
Brooks Landgraf (R-81)
HB 103: Relating to establishment of the Texas Active Shooter Alert System.
HB 119: Relating to prohibiting organ transplant recipient discrimination on the basis of certain disabilities.
HB 128: Relating to development corporation projects for the provision of health care and mental health care to the public.
HB 138: Relating to the punishment for certain conduct constituting the offense of disorderly conduct; increasing a criminal penalty for certain conduct.
HB 151: Relating to exercise of authority by a personal representative of a decedent’s estate without court approval.
HB 664: Relating to a proposition to approve the issuance of bonds or other debt.
HB 665: Relating to an emergency rule adopted by a state agency during certain period of disaster.
Tom Craddick (R-82)
HB 349: Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain property owned by a charitable organization and used in providing housing and related services to certain homeless individuals.
HB 369: Relating to the statute of limitations for aggravated assaults involving communicable diseases.
HB 876: Relating to fees charged by certain persons for the method used for payments made under an agreement.
HJR 21: Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the creation of and use of money in the GROW Texas Fund and allocating certain general revenues to that fund, the economic stabilization fund and the state highway fund.
Drew Darby (R-72)
HB 631: Relating to local government and other political subdivision regulation of certain solid waste facilities.
HB 632: Relating to the establishment of an advisory committee for the TexNet seismic monitoring program.
HB 964: Relating to the treatment, recycling for beneficial use, or disposal of drill cuttings.
Eddie Morales Jr. (D-74)
HB 623: Relating to the designation of wind-powered energy device construction area by certain counties.
HB 634: Relating to the type of newspaper required for the publications of notices by governmental entities or representatives in certain counties.
HB 916: Relating to the creation of the Middle Rio Grande Mobility Authority; authorizing a fee.
HB 1000: Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at Sul Ross State University and Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College.
HJR: 48: Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the creation of a regional mobility authority by local law.
Charles Perry (R-28)
SB 152: Relating to the regulation of groundwater conservation districts.
SB 153: Relating to the exclusion of certain payment processing services from the definition of “data processing service” for purposes of sales and use taxes.
SB 154: Relating to the creation of the broadband office within the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the establishment of a broadband service investment grant program.
SB 155: Relating to the use of information from the lists of noncitizens and nonresidents excused or disqualified from jury service.
SB 156: Relating to the transfer of certain probate proceedings to the county in which the executor or administrator of a decedent’s estate resides.
SB 157: Relating to eminent domain reporting requirements for certain entities.
SB 158: Relating to waiving the fee for the issuance of duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun for school marshals.
SB 159: Relating to the use of information obtained by a person from the comptroller that relates to a taxpayer subject to an audit by the comptroller.
SB 160: Relating to certain county road reports.
SB 183: Relating to emergency medical services subscription programs and reciprocity agreements between certain air ambulance companies operating a subscription program.
SB 185: Relating to the time for rendering a final order in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship involving the Department of Family and Protective Services.
SB 186: Relating to the authority of a county to issue bonds to restore or maintain a county courthouse.
SB 224: Relating to simplified certifications and recertification requirements for certain persons under the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
SB 247: Relating to discrimination against of burdening certain constitutional rights of an applicant for or holder of a license to practice law in this state.
SB 270: Relating to civil liability of a nursing facility resident’s responsible payor for misappropriation of the resident’s funds.
SB 271: Relating to applicants for employment at assisted living facilities.
SB 293: Relating to the practice of chiropractic.
SB 294: Relating to reports on abortions performed at an abortion facility.
SB 295: Relating to the confidential and privileged communications and records of victims of certain sexual assault offenses.
SB 296: Relating to the date by which a seller must provide resale and exemption certificates to the comptroller in connection with a sales and use tax audit.
SB 297: Relating to the criminal history record information requirement for applicants for renewal of a license issued by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
SB 251 (co-author): Relating to prohibited suspension of laws protecting religious freedom and prohibited closure of places of worship.
Kel Seliger (R-31)
SB 177: Relating to the use of individual graduation committees and other alternative methods to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.
SB 230: Relating to the continuing education requirement for county commissioners.
SB 231: Relating to training for county election officers.
SB 284: Relating to a study of out-of-state physicians who practiced in this state during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SB 288: Relating to preventing the loss of benefits by certain retirees of the Texas Teacher Retirement System of Texas who resume service.
SB 289: Relating to excused absences from public high school for certain students to obtain a driver’s license or learner license.
SB 208 (co-author): Relating to a prohibition on the distribution of an application form for an early voting ballot.
SB 215 (co-author): Relating to the creation of the office of inspector general at the Texas Education Agency to investigate the administration of public education.
Roland Gutierrez (D-19)
SB 140: Relating to the regulation of the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, testing, possession, and use of cannabis and cannabis products; authorizing the imposition of taxes and fees; requiring an occupational license; creating a criminal offense; to border security