Prohibits local entities from adopting policies that prohibit or discourage the enforcement of state and federal immigration laws.
Ends forced annexation by municipalities in certain sized counties, requiring consent of the majority of property owners registered to vote. Makes other changes to the annexation process.
Enhances statutory language concerning inappropriate student teacher relationships, including enhancing penalties.
Creates a grant program administered through the Office of the Governor for police departments to apply for bullet protective vests.
Reduces the fee for a concealed handgun license.
Protects the confidentiality of home addresses for victims of family violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking by redacting their home addresses from public records.
Prohibits public officials convicted of a felony abuse of power from receiving a public pension while serving prison time. Also requires the immediate expulsion from office of a legislator convicted of a felony.
Allows a judge to consider felony-level family violence convictions when choosing to issue a protective order in excess of 2 years.
Allows counties to establish an email ballot program for members of the armed forces currently overseas.
Requires the Department of Family and Protective Services to refer certain cases to a children's advocacy center for a multidisciplinary approach to joint investigations.
Appropriates $2.6 billion in funding for the budget deficit for FY 16-17.
Sets forth certain requirements all state agencies would be required to follow relating to cyber security.
Delays payments to ERS to pay for school finance reform in HB 21. Does not take effect if HB 21 passes.
Permits the Lantana Education Foundation to provide charitable donations to Guyer High School.
Provides explicit authority for a captive insurance company (i.e. Kubota) to insure "credit life insurance and credit disability insurance offered as a part of, or directly relating to, the operational risks of an affiliate".
Requires a criminal court to provide three day notice prior to a hearing to the prosecutor and defendant.
Authorizes the Texas Department of Public Safety to display in a publicly accessible area materials related to driving with autism.
Allows public community colleges to invest oil and gas royalties from land it owns according to the investment standard in the Texas Trust Code.
Creates a grant program at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), to award grants to nonurban health care facilities to connect the facilities with pediatric specialists and subspecialists who provide telemedicine medical services.
Removes requirement that the president of UNTHSC be a doctor of osteopathy and allows UNTHSC to offer an allopathic medical degree.
Provides that funds, accounts, and dedications established by bills passed by the 85th Legislature become part of the General Revenue Fund unless they are exempted in this bill.
Clarifies what is considered a "production" cost that qualifies for a deduction when calculating businesses' franchise tax liability.
Creates ASATR hardship grants, facilities funding for districts and charters, and increases the small district adjustment.
Codifies the recommendations of the Texas human trafficking task force, including enhanced penalties for traffickers, providing prosecutors with additional tools for prosecution, improving victim protections, and addressing training needs.
Ensures that military members who are deployed do not lose the agricultural use exemption if the land has a change of use while they are gone, as long as they notify the appraisal office within 30 days of deployment and intend to use the land for the agricultural use within 180 days of returning from deployment.
Requires DPS to provide the opportunity for a person applying for an original or renewal driver license, commercial driver's license, or personal identification certificate, both in the office and online to voluntarily contribute $1 or more to the evidence testing grant program.
Exempts county assessor-collectors and local government officials from personal liability when exercising duties authorized under the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act.
Provides property tax relief by increasing homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000.
Creates new Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs and expands existing programs to address GME shortages.
Increases transparency, accountability and oversight of state agency contracts.
Creates a grant program at the Health and Human Services Commission to support community programs for veterans mental health.
Protects personal information of drivers using toll facilities or public transportation.
Authorizes Denton County to inspect commercial vehicles.
Directs money, appropriated by the Legislature for the Texas Council on Family Violence, to the Family Violence Program at the Health and Human Services Commission.
Protects child victims and the sensitive evidence collected in child abuse cases at Child Advocacy Centers.
Continues the Health and Human Services Commission and transfers to it the functions of DARS and DADS.
Discontinues 8 regulatory programs to eliminate unneeded state regulation. Repeals associated state licensure, certification, and registration.
Removes the Texas Health Services Authority from statute on September 1, 2021, allowing it to function as a private nonprofit corporation after that date
Grants jurisdiction to a county court at law in Tarrant County on any civil appeal from a municipal court in the County.
Requires medical examiners or justices of the peace to develop a written policy to request a waiver of the 24 hour waiting period for cremation.
Clarifies that NASCAR races at the Texas Motor Speedway, the X Games, and the United Fighting Championships (UFC) are eligible to receive reimbursements from the Major Events Trust Fund program.
Transfers contracting responsibility of The Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas and Court Appointed Child Advocates from the Office of Attorney General to the Health and Human Services Commission.
Limits the liability of a railroad that enters into a contract with Denton County Transportation Authority to provide public passenger rail service, makes conforming changes to align with the Property Code, and clarifies contracting authority.
Allows the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board to post its meeting notices electronically at its administrative offices.
Conforms the alcohol laws in the multi-county jurisdiction for the City of Grapevine.
Streamlines the Wine Industry Development and Marketing Advisory Committee, modifies its membership, and requires it to issue an annual report to the Agricultural Commissioner.
Renews a program that directs a small portion of the wine sales and excise tax revenue to specific viticulture and enology research projects at state universities.
Provides property tax relief by increasing homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000.
Allows a student on public university campuses who possesses a CHL to carry a concealed hand gun.
Prohibits Pharmacy Benefit Managers from charging pharmacies transaction fees.
Continues the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Continues the HHSC Office of Inspector General.
Continues the Texas Workforce Commission and transfers to it Vocational Rehab programs.
Transfers functions of the Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities to the Texas Workforce Commission.
Clarifies Health and Human Services statutes.
Increases a grant cap to better position military communities to fund the appropriate and necessary projects to avoid closure and provide economic security.
Directs Secretary of State to develop an interstate voter crosscheck system to prevent duplicate voter registrations in multiple states.
Creates a Class A misdemeanor offense for the intentional publication of intimate visual material which are explicit images that are disclosed by a former spouse or partner who is seeking revenge.
Adds freestanding emergency medical care facilities to the list of Safe Havens for abandoned infants.
Requires courts appointing attorneys, guardians ad litem, and mediators to prepare a report regarding payments and work hours.
Creates a committee made up of six members to provide a biannual reports to the legislature that includes the amount of money expended from the deferred maintenance fund.
Dedicates a portion of vehicle sales tax to the State Highway Fund.
Establishes a responsible budget for Texas.
Makes supplemental appropriations.
Eliminates 16 professional taxes and reduces the reliance on dedicated accounts for budget certification.
Reduces the franchise tax rate by 25%.
Authorizes the Texas Division of Emergency Management to purchase food and beverages for its employees when they are providing services in response to a disaster.
Requires public institutions of higher education to post mental health resources available to students on its website.
Requires Lewisville approval before expanding Camelot Landfill.
Ensures parents have the option to recover remains of a child from a hospital no matter the stage of development of the fetus.
Renames a portion of FM 423 in Denton County as the U.S. Army Sergeant Enrique Mondragon Memorial Highway.
Grants road building authority to Canyon Falls MUD 1 of Denton Co.
Allows a city to extend its crime control and prevention boundaries to areas in its extraterritorial jurisdiction through a referendum of voters.
Makes adjustments the schedule for agencies undergoing Sunset review.
Requires a state agency to establish rules for employee tuition reimbursement payments.
Gives Hickory Creek a seat on the Lake Cities Municipal Utility Authority Board.
Allows an individual with a CHL to immediately exit a TSA screening checkpoint, in an airport, upon realizing or being notified that they are carrying a handgun.
Establishes the Texas Women Veterans Program.
Strengthens parental consent for abortions for minors.
Improves the coordination of Medicaid long-term services and supports with acute care services, redesigns the LTSS system to more efficiently serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and expands on quality-based payment initiatives to promote high-quality, efficient care throughout Medicaid.
Enhances the state's ability to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in Medicaid and across the health and human services system.
Fully integrates physical and behavioral health services for our Medicaid population, expands consumer choice of providers, and increases budget certainty for the state.
Streamlines agency reporting by eliminating, reducing, or redirecting over 100 statutorily mandated reports.
Protects children's credit scores by requiring credit reporting agencies, at the request of a parent, to create a credit file for a child under the age of 16.
Allows active and retired military physicians to provide charitable care to uninsured Texans through a "military limited volunteer license" issued by the Texas Medical Board.
Aligns meningitis vaccine requirements for college students with Centers for Disease Control recommendations and national best practices.
Allows minors who are pregnant or already have children to consent to their own immunizations.
Requires licensed child care facilities to establish risk-based policies to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Adds an EMS provider and family violence provider to the State Child Fatality Review Team Committee, clarifies the Committees role, and changes the Committee's reporting requirement from annual to biennial.
Expands data collection from universities in Texas to include information about what type of human stem cell research is being conducted and how it is funded.
Requires the Department of State Health Services to create a public reporting system to allow the public to view and compare performance and outcome measures among community mental health and substance abuse providers.
Requires funding formulas for regional and local health departments to be based on local needs, and requires an evaluation of how to best utilize public health funding.
Allows the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to obtain background checks for blind individuals enrolled in Vocational Rehabilitation.
Allows filing of a protective order in the county where the domestic violence offense occurred.
Clarifies that there is not a conflict of interest when a prosecutor assists a domestic violence victim in obtaining protective orders, even if that victim may be involved in a CPS case in which the prosecutor's office is representing DFPS and the victim is a defendant.
Authorizes wineries to remain open until 2 AM on New Year's Day to accommodate celebrations.
Restructures the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), implements recommendations of the State Auditor's Report, and strengthens conflict of interest and compliance provisions at CPRIT.
Expands protections for patients at our state hospitals by increasing oversight, employee training, and strengthening abuse and neglect reporting requirements.
Makes it easier for physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants to work together to deliver health care services.
Allows for CPS to create an alternate track for low-risk cases to promote collaboration with families and to ensure child safety.