2017 Vote Notices & Methodology

On this page we will list the votes and bills eligible for inclusion on the 2017 Fiscal Responsibility Index comporting to our mission and founding principles. We use the Fiscal Responsibility Index to explain the broad parameters by which we will report on the legislative session, and then measure its outcomes.

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Rating Methodology

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Pending-Vote Announcements
These votes are eligible for consideration on the 2017 Fiscal Responsibility Index. Votes on legislation and amendments regarding our core principles will be included.

8/15/17CSSB 19 (raiding the Rainy Day Fund for TRS insurance subsidies)Budget & Tax ReformHouseAGAINST
8/14/17Rule prohibiting funding source amendments to CSSB 19Budget & Tax ReformHouseAGAINST
8/12/17SB 1 (property tax rollback rate reduction)Property Tax ReformHouseNEUTRAL (FOR, if strengthened)
8/12/17HB 208 (state spending limit)Taxing and Expenditure LimitsHouseFOR
8/12/17Amendments to SB 1 (lower rollback, uniform election, lower exempt+opt-in)Property Tax ReformHouseFOR
8/11/17Amendments to SB 6 (specifically regarding exemptions and tier threshold)Local Government ReformHouseFOR Strengthening SB 6, AGAINST weakening SB 6
8/11/17SB 6 (municipal annexation reform)Local Government ReformHouseFOR
8/10/17Rules 3 and 6 prohibiting amendments to SB 1Property Tax ReformHouseAGAINST
8/9/17SB 5 (strengthening voter fraud prevention)Election IntegrityHouseFOR
8/3/17HB 25 (raiding Rainy Day Fund for ongoing Medicaid services)Budget & Tax ReformHouseAGAINST
8/2/17HB 32 (property tax transparency)Property Tax ReformHouseFOR
8/1/17HB 80 (increasing TRS unfunded subsidies)K-12 EducationHouseAGAINST
8/1/17HB 20 (raiding the Rainy Day Fund for TRS insurance subsidies)K-12 Education ReformHouseAGAINST
7/24/17SB 19 (pay increase for teachers)K-12 Education ReformSenateFOR
7/24/17SB 3 (prohibiting local overreach regarding bathroom regs)State SovereigntySenateFOR
7/24/17HB 1 Pre-filed Amendment by Burrows (sunset LBB in 2019)Budget & Tax ReformHouseFOR
7/24/17SB 2 (school finance, tax credit scholarships)K-12 Education ReformSenateFOR
7/24/17Amendments to SB 1 (specifcally regarding "Small Tax Unit" exemption)Property Tax ReformSenateFOR strengthening SB 1, AGAINST weakening SB 1
7/24/17SB 9 (state spending limit)Taxing and Expenditure LimitsSenateFOR
7/24/17SB 5 (strengthening voter fraud prevention)Election IntegritySenateFOR
7/24/17SB 1 (property tax reform, rollback rate reduction)Property Tax ReformSenateFOR
7/24/17SB 16 (school finance commission)K-12 Education ReformSenateFOR
7/24/17Amendments SB 6 (specifically regarding exemptions for smaller entities)Local Government ReformSenateFOR Strengthening SB 6, AGAINST weakening SB 6
7/24/17SB 6 (municpal annexation reform)Local Government ReformSenateFOR
7/24/17HB 1 Pre-filed Amendment by Zedler (de novo reviews in district court)State Government ReformHouseFOR
7/24/17SB 7 (paycheck protection)State Government ReformSenateFOR
7/24/17SB 18 (local spending limits)Taxing and Expenditure LimitsSenateFOR
7/24/17SB 4 (prohibiting tax-funded abortions)Budget & Tax ReformSenateFOR
5/24/17SB 2166 (expanding certain HOT authorization to sports facilities)Corporate Welfare & CronyismHouseAGAINST
5/24/17HB 1290 (requiring state agencies repeal one rule for each adopted)Promoting Free MarketsSenateFOR
5/24/17SB 2056 (expanding certain HOT authorization to stadiums)Corporate Welfare & CronyismHouseAGAINST
5/24/17HB 2766 (taxing nursing home residents)Budget and Tax ReformSenateAGAINST
5/24/17SB 942 (expanding certain HOT authorization to stadiums)Corporate Welfare & CronyismHouseAGAINST
5/24/17HB 967 (creating unaccountable non-profit corporation)State Government ReformSenateAGAINST
5/24/17HB 273 (citizen petition reform)Local Government ReformHouseFOR Motion to Concur (AGAINST all other motions)
5/23/17SB 625 (special purpose district financial and tax database)Local Government ReformHouseFOR
5/23/17SB 1122 (abolishing Dallas Co. School system)K-12 Education ReformHouseFOR
5/22/17HB 501 (bond counsel transparency)Ethics ReformSenateAmend ownership requirement
5/22/17HB 2068 (repealing DRP and adjusting state fines)Budget and Tax ReformSenateFOR
5/22/17HB 3859 (strengthening right of conscious for child welfare)First Amendment ProtectionsSenateFOR
5/22/17HB 3287 (addt'l regulations, mandates and restrictions on alcohol production/sales)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
5/22/17HB 490 (creating a new insurance mandate)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
5/21/17SB 702 (minimum turnout for authorizing bonds)Local Government ReformSenateFOR
5/21/17SB 715 (municipal annexation reform)Local Government ReformHouseFOR
5/21/17SB 654 (expanding practice of advanced nurses)Promoting Free MarketsHouseFOR
5/21/17HB 3294 (extending major events reimbursements to NASCAR)Corporate Welfare & CronyismSenateAGAINST
5/21/17HB 3808 (expanding occupations for loan repayment assistance)Budget and Tax ReformSenateAGAINST
5/21/17HB 1494 (expanding hotel occupancy tax for the arts)Corporate Welfare & CronyismSenateAGAINST
5/20/17SB 813 (recovery of costs for frivolous regulatory actions)Promoting Free MarketsHouseFOR
5/20/17SB 975 (burdening private rail with security regulation)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/20/17SB 977 (prohibiting use of public funds for private rail)Corporate Welfare & CronyismHouseFOR
5/20/17SB 440 (expanding hotel occupancy tax for airports)Corporate Welfare & CronyismHouseAGAINST
5/18/17SB 95 (expanding allowed sales of raw milk)Promoting Free MarketsSenateFOR
5/17/17Amendment to SB 533 by Simmons (expanding "underutilized" business contracting)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/17/17SB 2 (property tax reform)Property Tax ReformHouseNEUTRAL (FOR, if strengthened)
5/17/17HB 1449 (prohibiting local fees on new construction)State SovereigntySenateFOR
5/16/17Pre-filed Amendments to SB 312 (TxDOT Sunset bill)Budget and Tax ReformHouseRead More
5/15/17SB 1505 (expanding tobacco regulations)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
5/15/17SB 586 (extension of telecom subsidies) Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/15/17SB 1392 (lowering groundwater conservation taxes)Budget and Tax ReformSenateFOR
5/15/17SB 1605 (creating a database of school district financial info)Property Tax ReformSenateFOR
5/15/17SB 430 (allowing dental hygienists to administer anesthesia)Promoting Free MarketsSenateFOR
5/15/17SB 2119 (capping top ten admissions to thirty percent of admitting class)Higher Education ReformSenateFOR
5/15/17SB 1683 (requiring food establishments post allergy info)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
5/15/17SB 247 (allowing state funds for repayment of certain student loans)Budget and Tax ReformSenateAGAINST
5/11/17HB 1300 (requiring hotel occupancy tax collection by short term marketplaces)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/10/17SB 459 (preempting local taxing and regulation of firearms, ammo and knives)Promoting Free MarketsSenateFOR
5/10/17SB 1407 (increasing property tax bill disclosures)Property Tax ReformSenateFOR
5/10/17SB 959 (on adoption of the Compact for a Balanced Budget)Budget and Tax ReformSenateFOR
5/10/17HJR 73 (Rendering mandates on political subdivisions ineffective if not supplemented by appropriations)State SovereigntyHouseAGAINST
5/9/17HB 3626 (expanding hotel occupancy tax)Corporate Welfare & CronyismHouseAGAINST
5/9/17HB 3838 (expanding hotel occupancy tax)Corporate Welfare & CronyismHouseAGAINST
5/9/17SB 1151 (strengthening free speech protection at public universities)First Amendment ProtectionsSenateFOR
5/9/17HB 1936 (prohibiting gov't contracts with abortion providers and affiliates)State Government ReformHouseFOR
5/9/17HB 3010 (expanding hotel occupancy tax)Corporate Welfare & CronyismHouseAGAINST
5/9/17SB 200 (creating database of political subdivision finances and tax info)Budget and Tax ReformSenateFOR
5/9/17HB 2690 (allocating state HOT revenue for coastal erosion)Corporate Welfare & CronyismHouseAGAINST
5/9/17HB 2528 (authorizing housing development loans to pull down federal dollars)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/8/17SJR 54 (authorizing municipal charter amendments on uniform election dates)Election IntegritySenateFOR
5/8/17HB 1462 (uniform polling locations)Election IntegrityHouseFOR
5/8/17HB 3015 (requiring union vacation leave time accounts)Local Government ReformHouseAGAINST
5/8/17SB 1061 (authorizing more than one charter for existing charter school operators)K-12 Education ReformSenateFOR
5/8/17HB 424 (municipal annexation reform)Local Government ReformHouseFOR
5/6/17HB 1258 (creating a state court document database)State Government ReformHouseAGAINST
5/6/17HB 1708 (exempting pull-tab bingo from certain gambling limitations)State Government ReformHouseAGAINST
5/6/17HB 43 (pension reform)State Government ReformHouseAGAINST
5/5/17SB 7 (passing the trash)K-12 Education ReformHouseFOR
5/5/17HB 3287 (addt'l regulations, mandates and restrictions on alcohol production/sales)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/4/17HB 1290 (requiring state agencies repeal one rule for each adopted)Promoting Free MarketsHouseFOR
5/4/17SJR 2 (calling for an Article V Convention of States)State SovereigntyHouseFOR (if identical to Senate version, otherwise AGAINST)
5/4/17HB 3294 (extending major events reimbursements to NASCAR)Corporate WelfareHouseAGAINST
5/4/17HB 2664 (expanding federal nutrition standards to daycare)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/4/17SB 654 (expanding practice of advanced nurses)Promoting Free MarketsSenateFOR
5/4/17SB 1588 (eliminating non-commercial vehicle safety inspections)Budget and Tax ReformSenateFOR
5/4/17HB 2305 (related to notice provisions in administrative matters)State Government ReformHouseAGAINST
5/3/17HB 967 (creating unaccountable non-profit corporation)State Government ReformHouseAGAINST
5/3/17HB 1633 (expanding bill payment assistance programs)State Government ReformHouseAGAINST
5/3/17HB 3172 (state incentive program info system)Corporate WelfareHouseAGAINST
5/3/17HB 3664 (creating TX wine assessment program and board)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/3/17SB 1267 (rollback rate alternative calculation)Property Tax ReformSenateAGAINST
5/3/17HB 2780 (requiring domestic steel for government projects)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/3/17HB 2370 (removing lifeline services mandate on telecoms)Promoting Free MarketsHouseFOR
5/3/17HB 1917 (requiring adherence to vendor drug program for pharmacy benefits)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/3/17HB 22 (repealing public school accountability ratings)K-12 Education ReformHouseAGAINST
5/3/17SB 1289 (requiring domestic steel for government projects)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
5/2/17HB 501 (bond counsel transparency)Ethics ReformHouseAmend ownership requirement
5/2/17Amendment to HB 2950 by Stickland (expanding services by nurse practitioners)Promoting Free MarketsHouseFOR
5/2/17HB 3360 (property tax incentive promotion by Incentive Oversight Board)Corporate WelfareHouseAGAINST
5/2/17HB 300 (decreasing handgun license fees)Budget and Tax ReformHouseFOR
5/2/17HB 505 (restricting campaign fund expenditures)Ethics ReformHouseFOR
5/2/17HB 2039 (creating early childhood certification)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/2/17HB 1449 (prohibiting local fees on new construction)State SovereigntyHouseFOR
5/2/17HB 500 (no pension for convicted officials)Ethics ReformHouseFOR
5/1/17HB 2669 (prohibiting award of attorney's fees to prevailing taxpayer)Budget and Tax ReformHouseAGAINST
5/1/17SB 637 (requiring RMA audits for TxDOT funds)State Government ReformSenateFOR
5/1/17SB 1354 (pledging state HOT and sales tax to hotel projects)Corporate WelfareSenateAGAINST
5/1/17HB 3329 (prohibiting local fees on electricians)Promoting Free MarketsHouseFOR
5/1/17HB 1724 (establishing commercial license buyback account)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
5/1/17SB 1122 (abolishing Dallas Co. School system)K-12 Education ReformSenateFOR
5/1/17SB 2056 (expanding certain HOT authorization to stadiums)Corporate WelfareSenateAGAINST
4/27/17SB 764 (accounting of costs incurred by illegal immigrants)Budget and Tax ReformSenateFOR
4/27/17SB 589 (regulation of behavior analysts)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
4/27/17SB 1426 (property tax transparency and dissemination)Property Tax ReformSenateFOR
4/27/17HB 743 (bringing social workers into the classroom)K-12 Education ReformHouseAGAINST
4/27/17Amendment to HB 28 by Turner (contingent on 50% state contribution and pre-k implementation)Budget and Tax ReformHouseAGAINST
4/27/17HB 28 (franchise tax phaseout)Budget and Tax ReformHouseFOR
4/26/17SB 457 (giving charter schools access to facilities funding)K-12 Education ReformSenateFOR
4/26/17SB 625 (special purpose district financial and tax database)Local Government ReformSenateFOR
4/26/17SB 610 (expanding virtual network school choice)K-12 Education ReformSenateFOR
4/26/17SB 1812 (prohibiting appraisal district from tax-funded lobbying)Tax-funded LobbyingSenateFOR
4/24/17HB 1260 (regulation of commercial shrimp unloading)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
4/24/17HB 206 (classifying certain persons with service as veterans)Budget and Tax ReformHouseAGAINST
4/24/17SB 515 (giving certain public officers access to public info)Ethics ReformSenateFOR
4/24/17HB 490 (creating a new insurance mandate)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
4/24/17HB 481 (preventing recovery of certain over-allocated funds)Budget and Tax ReformHouseAGAINST
4/21/17HB 926 (expanding hotel occupancy tax authorization)Corporate WelfareHouseAGAINST
4/20/17HB 518 (redirecting sales tax to job placement programs)Corporate WelfareHouseAGAINST
4/20/17Floor Substitute to SB 2190 (Houston pension reform)Local Government ReformSenateAGAINST
4/19/17SB 599 (expanding DRP fee deferrals)Budget and Tax ReformSenateFOR
4/19/17Amendment to HB 100 by Stickland (striking regs for market solution)Promoting Free MarketsHouseFOR
4/19/17Amendment to HB 100 by Schaefer (Substitute market friendly bill with preemption)Promoting Free MarketsHouseFOR
4/19/17SB 797 (hotel tax expansion)Corporate WelfareSenateAGAINST
4/19/17SB 586 (extension of telecom subsidies)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
4/19/17SB 385 (voter approval of federal rail funds)Corporate WelfareSenateFOR
4/19/17Amendment to HB 100 by Rinaldi (bringing cab cos. under framework)Promoting Free MarketsHouseFOR
4/19/17Amendment to HB 100 by Tinderholt (clarifying discrimination classes)State SovereigntyHouseFOR
4/19/17SB 1046 (extending federal emissions standards)State SovereigntySenateAGAINST
4/19/17SB 314 (continuation of Optometry Board)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
4/18/17Pre-filed Amendments to HB 21 (School finance)K-12 Education ReformHouseRead More
4/18/17SCR 1 (Calling on Congress to repeal Obamacare)Promoting Free MarketsSenateFOR
4/18/17HB 21 (School finance)K-12 Education ReformHouseAGAINST
4/12/17SB 981 (requiring private rail to be compatible with existing train tech)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
4/12/17SB 977 (prohibiting use of public funds for private rail)Corporate WelfareSenateFOR
4/12/17SB 975 (burdening private rail with security regulation)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
4/12/17SB 979 (prohibiting certain uses of eminent domain)Property RightsSenateFOR
4/11/17HB 486 (rollback rate alternative calculation)Property Tax ReformHouseAGAINST
4/10/17SB 509 (eval and reporting on pension systems)State Government ReformSenateFOR
4/10/17SB 451 (short-term rental preemption)State SovereigntySenateFOR
4/10/17SB 1147 (Music Museum bill)Promoting Free MarketsSenateAGAINST
4/7/17HB 1 (appropriations bill)Budget and Tax ReformHouseAGAINST
4/6/17SJR 43 (prohibiting state funds for local pensions)State Government ReformSenateFOR
4/6/17SB 445 (Tax-funded Lobbying)Tax Funded LobbyingSenateFOR
4/6/17House Budget AmendmentsBudget & Tax ReformHouseClick here
4/6/17SB 1760 (allowing tasting events by distiller permit holders)Promoting Free MarketsSenateFOR
4/6/17SB 612 (on complaints and filings before TEC)First Amendment ProtectionsSenateFOR
4/6/17SB 627 (strengthening property owner rights re: eminent domain)Property RightsSenateFOR
4/6/17SB 750 (repealing restrictions on package store permits)Promoting Free MarketsSenateFOR
4/6/17SB 626 (strengthening property owner rights re: eminent domain)Property RightsSenateFOR
4/6/17SB 813 (recovery of costs for frivolous regulatory actions)Promoting Free MarketsSenateFOR
4/5/17Amendment 1 to SB 19Higher Ed. ReformSenateFOR
4/5/17Amendment 1 to SB 18Higher Ed. ReformSenateAGAINST
4/5/17SB 799 (authorizing expanded HOT tax)Corporate WelfareSenateAGAINST
4/4/17SB 488 (Ballot Integrity Act)Local Government ReformSenateFOR
4/4/17HB 10 (mental health insurance mandate)Promoting Free MarketsHouseAGAINST
3/30/17Actions weakening SB 3 by restricting access or participationK-12 Education ReformSenateAGAINST
3/30/17SB 18 (repeal of tuition set-asides)Higher Ed. ReformSenateFOR
3/29/17SB 19 (tuition limits and temp. freeze)Higher Ed. ReformSenateFOR
3/29/17HB 132 (welfare expansion)State Government ReformHouseAGAINST
3/29/17SB 2190 (union friendly pension reform)State Government ReformSenateAGAINST/AMEND
3/28/17SB 9 (constitutional population and inflation spending limit)Spending LimitsSenateFOR
3/28/17Amendment to HB 1818 by Cain (truth in taxation)Budget and Tax ReformHouseFOR
3/28/17SB 3 (school choice)K-12 Education ReformSenateFOR
3/28/17Amendment to HB 1818 by Turner (rolling back fracking ban preemption)State SovereigntyHouseAGAINST
3/28/17SB 408 (definition of govt body for Public Information Act)Corporate WelfareSenateFOR
3/28/17SB 151 (voter appoval of pension obligation bonds)State Government ReformSenateFOR
3/28/17SB 407 (bidding exceptions to Public Information Act)Corporate WelfareSenateFOR
3/28/17SB 13 (abolishing auto payroll deduction of union dues)State Government ReformSenateFOR
3/28/17Amendment to HB 1818 by Krause (eliminating alt-fuels consumer program)State Government ReformHouseFOR
3/22/17SB 16 (eliminating application fees for handgun licenses)Budget and Tax ReformSenateFOR
3/21/17SB 88 (prohibiting photo-enforced traffic citations)State SovereigntySenateFOR
3/20/17SB 2 (property tax reform)Property Tax ReformSenateFOR
3/20/17SB 17 (franchise tax phase-out)Budget and Tax ReformSenateFOR
3/20/17SB 730 (increasing personal property tax exemptions)Property Tax ReformSenateFOR
3/16/17Suspending rules to fast track minimum wage hike (HJR 56)House RulesHouseAGAINST
3/13/17SB 6 (Texas Privacy Act)State SovereigntySenateFOR
3/13/17SB 18 (repeal tuition set-asides)Higher Ed. ReformSenateFOR
3/13/17SB 135 (spending reduction measures)Budget and Tax ReformSenateFOR
3/7/17SB 7 (passing the trash)K-12 Education ReformSenateFOR
2/27/17SJR 2 (convention of states)State SovereigntySenateFOR
2/13/17SB 505 (ethics reform)Pro-Citizen Ethics ReformSenateFOR
2/8/17SB 504 (ethics reform)Pro-Citizen Ethics ReformSenateFOR
2/7/17SB 503 (ethics reform)Pro-Citizen Ethics ReformSenateFOR
2/7/17SB 502 (ethics reform)Pro-Citizen Ethics ReformSenateFOR
2/6/17SB 4 (banning sanctuary cities)State SovereigntySenateFOR
2/6/17Actions drawing down the balance of the ESFBudget and Tax ReformBOTHAGAINST
2/6/17SB 14 (ethics reform)Pro-Citizen Ethics ReformSenateFOR
2/6/17SB 500 (ethics reform)Pro-Citizen Ethics ReformSenateFOR
2/6/17SB 501 (ethics reform)Pro-Citizen Ethics ReformSenateFOR
2/6/17Actions protecting the ESFBudget and Tax ReformBOTHFOR
1/10/17Rules by Rep. Larry Gonzales gagging conservative reforms on Sunset measuresHouse RulesHouseAGAINST
1/10/17Rules that empower members to advance conservative reforms and agendas and disable House leadership obstruction tacticsHouse RulesHouseFOR


As we have done in the past, ratings will be calculated based only on the votes actually taken by each member, including any clarifying statements placed in the Journals. Absences will be noted, but will not positively or negatively affect the rating.

In both chambers, slight weighting is given only to budget amendment and tax-related votes. Authoring and co-authoring priority legislation that receives an up-or-down vote on the floor is positively included in the rating as extra credit.