2019 Texas Legislature
August 29th, 2019
“The officer will know prior to approaching the vehicle that this person might have a challenge speaking with him."
August 20th, 2019
Texans will soon have to wait until their 21st birthday to buy tobacco and nicotine products products — with the exception of young military members.
August 14th, 2019
Two new laws will free up alcohol access in Texas starting Sept. 1. Certain breweries will now be allowed to sell their suds to go, and more restaurants will be able to deliver beer and wine to customers.
July 11th, 2019
In the recent legislative session, state lawmakers approved two new bills that will lower school property taxes and limit the rise of other property taxes in Texas, at least until the next legislative session.
June 19th, 2019
We are very pleased with the gains made. This was another successful session for mothers, unborn children, and vulnerable patients.
June 11th, 2019
A massive overhaul of how Texas funds public education was signed into law Tuesday as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott trumpeted the $11 billion program that will mean an increase pay for teachers and lower property taxes.
June 6th, 2019
In a move that surprised veterans of the legislative process in Austin, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week said he would act unilaterally to extend the life of the state agency that oversees plumbers.
May 31st, 2019
With the 2019 session now history, we had some good things for conservatives and some things we didn't get done.
May 24th, 2019
Here’s a look at the status of 25 of the most notable bills in 2019.
May 20th, 2019
Cities and Counties in Texas will still be able to tell private employers that they must provide paid sick leave, something Republicans in the Legislature failed to rein in this year. The Texas House on Sunday effectively...
August 27th, 2019
The bill mandates required reporting from colleges and universities about courses that don't transfer, and aims to help students save time and money.
August 19th, 2019
Under the law, prescriptions for acute pain – such as immediately after surgery or injury – can’t exceed 10 days and can’t include any refills.
August 8th, 2019
While Houston, Austin and Dallas all had “Dining with Dogs” ordinances, other cities in Texas either had no law in place allowing this, or they had what some restaurant owners considered onerous fees and inspections...
June 27th, 2019
Earlier this month, Associated Builders and Contractors praised Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for signing the Neutrality in State Government Contracting bill (HB 985
June 17th, 2019
Bypassing Legislature, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Issues Executive Order to Continue State Oversight of Plumbers
After weeks of speculation about how he would be able to do it unilaterally, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he has signed an executive order to extend the life of the state agency that oversees the plumbing industry.
June 7th, 2019
The 86th Legislature of Texas has adjourned sine die, so let’s take a look at what pro-life measures passed.
June 3rd, 2019
The Texas Legislature passed a bill to make red light cameras illegal in the Lone Star State. The Governor signed the bill on Saturday and placed it into law. Existing cameras can stay in place until the local jurisdictions...
May 28th, 2019
Plumbing to Become Unregulated in Texas After Lawmakers Fail to Reauthorize Agency That Oversees Industry
One of the few licensed trades in Texas will no longer be regulated after lawmakers in Austin failed to extend the life of the state agency that oversees plumbers.
May 22nd, 2019
Senate Bill 10, focused on connecting children to mental health services, was knocked out of contention with a parliamentary maneuver Tuesday night but was revived as an amendment to another bill hours later. It's one of...
May 14th, 2019
There's a little more than two weeks left in Texas' regular legislative session. Dozens of bills will pass the Texas House and Senate and make their way to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk between now and May 27.