2019 Vote Notices & Methodology

On this page we will list the votes and bills eligible for inclusion on the 2019 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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Pending-Vote Announcements
These votes are eligible for consideration on the 2019 Fiscal Responsibility Index. Votes on legislation and amendments regarding our core principles will be included.

2019 Pending Vote Notices

DateItemChamberPosition
5/22/19HB 2806 - Texas music incubator rebate programSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 1078 - drivers and handgun fee waiver for CPR traineesSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 1865 (LC) - fingerprint requirement for massage therapy licensesSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 1669 (LC) - statewide plan for increasing workforce with mental health issuesSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 4182 (LC) - new intercollegiate athletics fee at UNT - DallasSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 4158 (LC) - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 3312 (LC) - creating wellness center fee at UH-VictoriaSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 2718 (LC) - increasing student union fees at UT-ArlingtonSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 2680 (LC) - increasing recreational fee at UT-TylerSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 2287 (LC) - creating new municipal housing authoritySenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 2272 (LC) - expanding certain county hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 1634 (LC) - expanding hotel occupancy taxes in Guadalupe CountySenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 1495 (LC) - Mirroring problematic TEC statutes at the county levelSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 1474 (LC) - creating tourism district in WacoSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 1174 (LC) - authorizing loans from a county assistance districtSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 1152 (LC) - expanding price controlled items during declared disasterSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 1135 (LC) - tourism district in AmarilloSenateAGAINST
5/22/19HB 279 (LC) - sales tax for Midland County Hospital DistrictSenateAGAINST
5/22/19SB 499 (L&C) - eliminating required disclosure of private student loan debt by certain universitiesHouseAGAINST
5/21/19HB 4347 - expanding use of hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
5/21/19HB 3231 - preemption of certain local firearms and ammunition regulationsSenateFOR
5/21/19HB 2858 - uniform swimming pool and spa code statewideSenateFOR
5/21/19HB 1888 - reforming rolling polling lawsSenateFOR
5/21/19HB 410 - deregulating low-volume livestock processingSenateFOR
5/21/19HB 170 - insurance mandate for mammography coverageSenateAGAINST
5/21/19SB 1772 - temporary appraisal exemption for disaster areasHouseFOR
5/21/19SB 1719 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/21/19SB 1467 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/21/19SB 710 - mirroring problematic TEC statutes at the county levelHouseAGAINST
5/21/19SB 1995 - occupational license review divisionHouseFOR
5/21/19SB 511 - civil penalty for installing unsafe tiresHouseAGAINST
5/21/19SB 1757 - expanding student loan repayment assistance for math and science scholarsHouseAGAINST
5/21/19SB 30 - requiring separate propositions for bond electionsHouseFOR
5/21/19SB 2452 - spending new debt taken out by Texas Water Development BoardHouseAGAINST
5/21/19SJR 79 - authorizing more bonds for Texas Water Development BoardHouseAGAINST
5/20/19HB 3511 - creating Commission on Texas Workforce of the FutureSenateAGAINST
5/20/19HB 2261 - student loan repayment assistanceSenateAGAINST
5/20/19HB 2199 - expanding hotel occupancy taxes in Carrizo SpringsSenateAGAINST
5/20/19HB 1131 - state financing assistance for school district debtSenateAGAINST
5/20/19HB 803 - increased transparency for toll entitiesSenateFOR
5/20/19HB 766 - tuition carveout for police and firefightersSenateAGAINST
5/20/19HJR 38 - constitutional prohibition of an income taxSenateFOR
5/20/19SB 2182 - expanding eligibility of Major Events Reimbursement ProgramHouseAGAINST
5/20/19SB 1393 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/20/19SB 37 - prohibiting denial of occupational license renewal due to student loan defaultHouseFOR
5/20/19SB 1978 - preventing state and local government discrimination based on an individual's religious beliefsHouseFOR
5/20/19SB 29 - curtailing taxpayer-funded lobbyingHouseFOR (Neutral if weakened)
5/19/19HB 1649 - expanding light-duty motor vehicle purchase incentive programSenateAGAINST
5/19/19HB 1633 - expanding hotel occupancy taxes in Wilson CountySenateAGAINST
5/19/19HJR 34 - temporary appraisal exemption for disaster areasSenateFOR
5/17/19HB 3356 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
5/17/19HB 2439 - protections from burdensome municipal building codesSenateFOR (Note: Position has been corrected)
5/17/19HB 1631 - red-light camera banSenateFOR
5/17/19HB 1543 - civil penalties for non-remission of taxes on out-of-state off-highway vehicle purchasesSenateAGAINST
5/17/19HB 1277 - wellness center fee at U. of Houston-DowntownSenateAGAINST
5/17/19HB 19 - Using school district resources for mental healthSenateAGAINST
5/17/19SB 1376 - eliminating certain mandates on school districtsHouseFOR
5/17/19SB 1640 - reforming Texas open meetings lawHouseFOR
5/17/19SB 18 - free speech protections on college campusesHouseFOR
5/17/19SB 22 - banning sweetheart deals for abortion providersHouseFOR
5/17/19SB 386 (L&C) - creating a tourism district in DentonHouseAGAINST
5/17/19SB 1262 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/17/19SB 2208 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/16/19HB 1896 - exempting TPWD from revenue-neutral regulation protectionsSenateAGAINST
5/16/19SB 16 - student loan repayment for peace officersHouseAGAINST
5/15/19HB 2402 - expanding eligibility of Major Events Reimbursement ProgramSenateAGAINST
5/15/19HB 906 - task force to study public school mental health servicesSenateAGAINST
5/15/19HB 10 - creating tax-funded mental health research instituteSenateAGAINST
5/15/19HB 1516 (LC) - removing expiration of athletics fee at Texas SouthernSenateAGAINST
5/15/19HB 1488 (LC) - recreational facilities for a Harris County MUDSenateAGAINST
5/15/19HB 1417 (LC) - creating tourism district in NacogdochesSenateAGAINST
5/15/19HB 253 (LC) - using state resources to plan for postpartum depressionSenateAGAINST
5/15/19SB 2137 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/14/19HB 1734 - restricting proceeds from certain school district litigation to be used only in relation to original cause of litigationSenateFOR
5/14/19HB 1439 - new intercollegiate athletics fee at Texas A&M - San AntonioSenateAGAINST
5/14/19HB 477 - ballot transparency for bond propositionsSenateFOR
5/14/19SB 2312 - sunsetting Harris County Department of EducationSenateFOR
5/14/19SB 1978 - preventing state and local government discrimination based on an individual's religious beliefsSenateFOR
5/14/19SB 21 - raising smoking age to 21HouseAGAINST
5/13/19HB 2496 - prohibiting most historic landmark designations on private property without owner consentSenateFOR
5/13/19HB 1402 - expanding eligiblity for Texas State Affordable Housing Corp. programsSenateAGAINST
5/13/19HB 440 - restrictions on general obligation bondsSenateFOR
5/13/19HB 80 - study on shortage of health professionsSenateAGAINST
5/13/19SB 27 - protections from frivolous regulatory actionHouseFOR
5/10/19HB 1065 - rural physician grant programSenateAGAINST
5/10/19HB 25 - pilot program for expanding Medicaid transportation program optionsSenateAGAINST
5/10/19HB 39 (LC) - repealing time limits on grants by CPRITSenateAGAINST
5/10/19HB 4753 (L&C) - study of cost of child careHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 4420 (L&C) - insurance mandate for disposition of fetal remainsHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 4158 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 3984 (L&C) - insurance mandate for scalp coolingHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 3197 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxes in OdessaHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 2959 (L&C) - expanding certain county hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 1790 (L&C) - increasing revenue for lottery promotionHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 1363 (L&C) - permitting civil prosecution for criminal parking violationsHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 1197 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 1174 (L&C) - authorizing loans from a county assistance districtHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 1152 (L&C) - expanding price controlled items during declared disasterHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 1120 (L&C) - expanding power of county assistance districtsHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 217 (L&C) - insurance mandate for hair prosthesesHouseAGAINST
5/10/19HB 32 (L&C) - regulating pecan buyersHouseAGAINST
5/9/19HB 2570 - expanding grants offered by CPRITSenateAGAINST
5/9/19HB 2048 - repealing the Driver Responsibility ProgramSenateFOR
5/9/19HB 1997 - authorizing sampling of distilled spirits by certain permit holdersSenateFOR
5/9/19HB 71 - creating mass transit in the RGVSenateAGAINST
5/9/19HJR 12 - authorizing more bonds for CPRITSenateAGAINST
5/9/19HB 2302 - restricting ability of property owners associations to regulate religious displaysHouseFOR
5/9/19HB 3362 - expanding historically underutilized business programHouseAGAINST
5/9/19HB 1855 - restricting hours of employment for teenagersHouseAGAINST
5/9/19HB 1348 - additional regulations on auto insurance policies (NOTE: bill number has been corrected)HouseAGAINST
5/9/19HB 1015 - mandatory peanut allergy warning signs in certain restaurantsHouseAGAINST
5/9/19HB 744 - expanding Medicaid eligibilityHouseAGAINST
5/9/19HJR 38 - constitutional prohibition of an income taxHouseFOR
5/8/19SB 1613 - turnout requirement for authorizing bondsSenateFOR
5/8/19SB 1090 - supermajority vote required to authorize bondsSenateFOR
5/8/19SB 740 - state financing assistance for school district debtSenateAGAINST
5/8/19HB 1516 - removing expiration of athletics fee at Texas SouthernSenateAGAINST
5/8/19HB 3738 - creating state-run website of daycare providers and parenting resourcesHouseAGAINST
5/8/19HB 288 - increasing personal needs allowance for certain Medicaid recipientsHouseAGAINST
5/8/19HB 4013 - increasing taxes and regulations on e-cigarettes and vapor productsHouseAGAINST
5/8/19HB 2288 - expanding operation of El Paso muncipal housing authorityHouseAGAINST
5/8/19HB 2286 - reducing state regulations of silencers, prohibiting state enforcement of federal regulationsHouseFOR
5/8/19HB 2101 - regulating reroofing contractorsHouseAGAINST
5/8/19HB 3172 - protections from adverse state actions based on membership in a religious organizationHouseFOR
5/8/19HB 62 - exempting public notice of commissioners court meetings during disasters or emergenciesHouseAGAINST
5/8/19HB 769 - requiring TEA commissioner approval for certain superintendent termination agreementsHouseFOR
5/8/19HB 3266 - increasing fees at Texas A&M institutionsHouseAGAINST
5/7/19HB 852 - restricting excessive municipal permit feesSenateFOR
5/7/19SB 1637 - reforming fines and fees to prevent de facto debtor's prisonSenateFOR
5/7/19SB 1217 - preventing arrest without conviction from impacting occupational license statusSenateFOR
5/7/19HB 3356 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/7/19HB 2646 (L&C) - land bank program for Texas State Affordable Housing Corp.HouseAGAINST
5/7/19HB 1197 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/7/19HB 1133 - more flexibility regarding classroom size limitsHouseFOR
5/7/19HB 3535 - reducing municipal fees for telecomm servicesHouseFOR
5/7/19HB 3511 - creating Commission on Texas Workforce of the FutureHouseAGAINST
5/7/19HB 3204 - more transparency for bond electionsHouseFOR
5/7/19HB 4413 - honoring out-of-state occupational licenses for military spousesHouseFOR
5/7/19HB 2879 - early literacy grant program to medical providersHouseAGAINST
5/7/19HB 3579 - expanding hotel occupancy taxes to AirBNB/short-term rental propertiesHouseAGAINST
5/7/19HB 2858 - uniform swimming pool and spa code statewideHouseFOR
5/7/19HB 29 - eliminating referral requirement for physical therapyHouseFOR
5/7/19HB 3439 - prohibiting municipalities and counties from adopting mandatory labor peace agreements for contract considerationHouseFOR
5/7/19HB 4228 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/7/19HB 4152 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/7/19HB 1635 - insurance mandate for early childhood intervention servicesHouseAGAINST
5/7/19HJR 3 - sales tax increaseHouseAGAINST
5/7/19HB 4621 - sales tax increaseHouseAGAINST
5/6/19HB 2137 - handgun license fee carveout for retired police officersSenateAGAINST
5/6/19SB 2334 - grants for private nonprofit food banksSenateAGAINST
5/6/19SB 1913 - permitting City of Dallas to hold November electionsSenateFOR
5/6/19HB 4132 - improving access to electronic public informationHouseFOR
5/6/19HB 2872 - new tax on marketplace rental providersHouseAGAINST
5/6/19HB 1631 - red-light camera banHouseFOR
5/6/19HB 1888 - reforming rolling polling lawsHouseFOR
5/6/19HB 2165 - prohibiting retailers from pricing alcoholic beverages below wholesale costHouseAGAINST
5/6/19HB 1342 - easing ability to obtain occupational licenses based on criminal historyHouseFOR
5/6/19HB 1495 - Mirroring problematic TEC statutes at the county levelHouseAGAINST
5/6/19HB 4347 - expanding use of hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/3/19SB 968 - requiringÊmunicipalities treat charter schools like school districts for purposes of zoning and code complianceSenateFOR
5/3/19SB 1600 - transparency over superintendent resignation or termination agreementsSenateFOR
5/3/19HB 3499 (L&C) - creating tourism district in FriscoHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 3312 (L&C) - creating wellness center fee at UH-VictoriaHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 3197 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxes in OdessaHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 2959 (L&C) - expanding certain county hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 2718 (L&C) - increasing student union fees at UT-ArlingtonHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 2658 (L&C) - insurance mandate for hearing aidsHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 2272 (L&C) - expanding certain county hotel occupancy taxesHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 2199 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxes in Carrizo SpringsHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 2091 (L&C) - uncapping expenses on Medicaid community health workersHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 1790 (L&C) - increasing revenue for lottery promotionHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 1633 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxes in Wilson CountyHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 1577 (L&C) - creating tourism district in IrvingHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 1195 (L&C) - expanding hotel occupancy taxes in PearsallHouseAGAINST
5/3/19HB 170 (L&C) - insurance mandate for mammography coverageHouseAGAINST
5/2/19HB 3 - increased public education spending making property tax relief contingent on sales tax increaseSenateAGAINST
5/2/19SB 1758 - expanding student loan repayment programsSenateAGAINST
5/2/19SB 1284 - early literacy grant program for medical providersSenateAGAINST
5/2/19SB 629 - increasing financial transparency of school districtsSenateFOR
5/2/19HB 347 - expanding forced annexation protectionsSenateFOR
5/2/19HB 803 - increased transparency for toll entitiesHouseFOR
5/2/19HB 1563 - licensing of export-import processing facilitiesHouseAGAINST
5/2/19HB 1917 - disaster response loan fundHouseAGAINST
5/2/19HB 1968 - insurance mandate for craniofacial abnormalitiesHouseAGAINST
5/1/19SB 2250 - creating strategy to sustain low-income housing tax creditsSenateAGAINST
5/1/19SB 1309 - banning school districts from operating their own tax officeSenateFOR
5/1/19SB 904 - banning use of governmental communiciations systems for political advertisingSenateFOR
5/1/19SB 722 - limiting severance payments to superintendents to their annual base salarySenateFOR
5/1/19SB 429 - statewide plan for increasing workforce with mental health issuesSenateAGAINST
5/1/19HB 2263 - removing ability of GLO to sell electricitySenateFOR
5/1/19HB 2016 - expanding types of wine available to sell under certain permitsSenateFOR
5/1/19HB 337 - mandating cutoff switches on motorboatsSenateAGAINST
5/1/19HB 81 - increased transparency for local governmentsSenateFOR
5/1/19HB 2840 - reforming public comment process for local government meetingsHouseFOR
4/30/19SB 2318 - exempting small portable buildings from county permitting processSenateFOR
4/30/19SB 2300 - student loan repayment assistance for certain nursesSenateAGAINST
4/30/19SB 2072 - expanding authority of Gulf Coast Authority to finance private projectsSenateAGAINST
4/30/19SB 2002 - permitting affordable housing public-private partnerships in HoustonSenateAGAINST
4/30/19SB 1133 - banning school districts from owning or operating water parksSenateFOR
4/30/19SB 933 - creating inspector general at Texas Education AgencySenateFOR
4/30/19HB 3668 - grants to food banks for disaster responseHouseAGAINST
4/30/19HB 4003 - THECB study on shortage of primary care physiciansHouseAGAINST
4/30/19HB 3258 - permitting sales tax increase for rapid transitHouseAGAINST
4/30/19HB 1666 - optional county transportation fee in RGVHouseAGAINST
4/30/19HB 1649 - expanding light-duty motor vehicle purchase incentive programHouseAGAINST
4/30/19HB 642 - optional county transportation fee in Brazos CountyHouseAGAINST
4/30/19HB 4296 - waiving tradesman plumber license fee and registratation requirements for certain high school studentsHouseFOR
4/29/19SB 653 - red-light camera banSenateFOR
4/29/19SB 2219 - requiring local bond elections to be held in NovemberSenateFOR
4/29/19SB 2452 - spending new debt taken out by Texas Water Development BoardSenateAGAINST
4/29/19HB 669 - subsidizing broadband services in rural areasHouseAGAINST
4/29/19HB 133 - new regulations on businesses regarding employee tipsHouseAGAINST
4/29/19HB 441 - subsidizing high school equivalency tests for adultsHouseAGAINST
4/29/19HB 2048 - repealing the Driver Responsibility ProgramHouseFOR
4/29/19HB 3231 - preemption of certain local firearms and ammunition regulationsHouseFOR
4/29/19HB 3118 - banning titling of off-highway vehicles purchased out-of-state without remitting use taxHouseAGAINST
4/29/19HB 2402 - expanding eligibility of Major Events Reimbursement ProgramHouseAGAINST
4/29/19HB 1131 - state financing assistance for school district debtHouseAGAINST
4/26/19HB 1439 (L&C) - new intercollegiate athletics fee at Texas A&M - San AntonioHouseAGAINST
4/26/19HB 4182 (L&C) - new intercollegiate athletics fee at UNT - DallasHouseAGAINST
4/25/19SB 2322 - prohibiting water rate discrimination by municipalitiesSenateFOR
4/25/19SB 1757 - expanding student loan repayment assistance for math and science scholarsSenateAGAINST
4/25/19SB 1431 - expanding eligibiilty of Major Events Reimbursement ProgramSenateAGAINST
4/25/19SB 1200 - honoring out-of-state occupational licenses of military spousesSenateFOR
4/25/19SB 723 - requiring superintendents' compensation be posted onlineSenateFOR
4/25/19SJR 79 - authorizing more bonds for Texas Water Development BoardSenateAGAINST
4/25/19HB 985 - prohibiting entities from considering union status for public-work projectsHouseFOR
4/25/19HB 2845 - landowner protections regarding wind power facilitiesHouseFOR
4/25/19HB 1865 - fingerprint requirement for massage therapy licensesHouseAGAINST
4/25/19HB 1543 - civil penalties for non-remission of taxes on out-of-state off-highway vehicle purchasesHouseAGAINST
4/25/19HB 2100 - protecting free speech on college campusesHouseFOR
4/25/19HB 2439 - protections from burdensome municipal building codesHouseFOR
4/25/19HB 274 - disaster reinvestment and infrastructure revolving fundHouseAGAINST
4/24/19HB 2287 - creating new municipal housing authorityHouseAGAINST
4/24/19HB 2496 - prohibiting most historic landmark designations on private property without owner consentHouseFOR
4/24/19HB 2464 - creating new permit for massage school studentsHouseAGAINST
4/24/19HB 2423 - PUC grants for broadband investmentHouseAGAINST
4/24/19HB 916 - exempting rural transit district from motor fuel taxesHouseAGAINST
4/24/19HB 1186 - progressive jackpot for pull-tab bingo gamesHouseAGAINST
4/24/19HB 4205 - including charter school as option for re-purposing closed public school campusHouseFOR
4/24/19HJR 151 - increasing distributions to available school fund without reformsHouseAGAINST
4/24/19HB 4611 - increasing distributions to available school fund without reformsHouseAGAINST
4/24/19HB 9 - additional payments to TRS without sufficient reformHouseAGAINST
4/23/19HB 906 - task force to study public school mental health servicesHouseAGAINST
4/23/19HB 2872 - new tax on marketplace rental providersHouseAGAINST
4/23/19HB 2806 - Texas music incubator rebate programHouseAGAINST
4/23/19HB 2748 - permititng year-round sale of fireworksHouseFOR
4/23/19HB 1669 - statewide plan for increasing workforce with mental health issuesHouseAGAINST
4/23/19HB 1402 - expanding eligiblity for Texas State Affordable Housing Corp. programsHouseAGAINST
4/23/19HB 1038 - strengthening forced annexation protectionsHouseFOR
4/23/19HB 1937 - franchise/insurance tax credit for low-income housingHouseAGAINST
4/23/19HB 284 - requiring certain care providers disclose if they are not state certifiedHouseAGAINST
4/23/19HB 1734 - restricting proceeds from certain school district litigation to used in only relation to original cause of litigationHouseFOR
4/23/19HJR 10 - increasing spending potential from ESF spillover revenueHouseAGAINST
4/23/19HB 20 - increasing spending potential from ESF spillover revenueHouseAGAINST
4/23/19SB 1445 - seeking to enroll more Medicaid recipients onto SNAPSenateAGAINST
4/23/19SB 1034 - exempting certain work on private property from plumbing licensingSenateFOR
4/23/19SB 901 - mail-in ballot reformSenateFOR
4/23/19SB 652 - extending wait time for issuing CO's after failed bond electionSenateFOR
4/23/19SB 13 - restrictions on lobbyingSenateFOR
4/23/19SCR 1 - claiming sovereignty under 10th AmendmentSenateFOR
4/18/19HB 3499 (L&C) - creating tourism district in FriscoHouseAGAINST
4/18/19HB 1577 (L&C) - creating tourism district in IrvingHouseAGAINST
4/18/19HB 1474 (L&C) - creating tourism district in WacoHouseAGAINST
4/18/19HB 1417 (L&C) - creating tourism district in NacogdochesHouseAGAINST
4/18/19HB 951 (L&C) - creating tourism district in DentonHouseAGAINST
4/18/19HB 676 (L&C) - expanding preferential treatment in state hiring practicesHouseAGAINST
4/17/19SB 339 - problematic disclosure requirements for sellers of residential propertySenateAGAINST
4/17/19SB 499 - eliminating required disclosure of private student loan debt by certain universitiesSenateAGAINST
4/17/19SB 645 - eliminating restrictions on liquor store permitsSenateFOR
4/17/19SB 787 - reducing occupational license fees for new mothers re-entering licensed industrySenateFOR
4/17/19SB 974 - banning tax-funded vouchers for political campaignsSenateFOR
4/17/19SB 1209 - prohibiting political subdivisions from licensing industries regulated by the stateSenateFOR
4/17/19SB 1225 - pro-citizen referendum reform for home-rule municipalitiesSenateFOR
4/17/19SB 1256 - banning school-related employment for those found to have committed unlawful conduct with a studentSenateFOR
4/17/19SB 1329 - prohbiting municipal management districts from issuing new debt after dissolution resolution is adoptedSenateFOR
4/17/19SB 2182 (LC) - expanding eligibility of Major Events Reimbursement ProgramSenateAGAINST
4/17/19SB 1719 (LC) - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
4/17/19SB 1467 (LC) - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
4/17/19SB 1270 (LC) - expanding eligiblity of Major Events Reimbursement ProgramSenateAGAINST
4/17/19SB 753 (LC) - minimum wage for community rehabilitation programsSenateAGAINST
4/17/19SB 438 (LC) - repealing time limitation on CPRIT grantsSenateAGAINST
4/17/19HB 1997 - authorizing sampling of distilled spirits by certain permit holdersHouseFOR
4/17/19HB 1078 - drivers and handgun fee waiver for CPR traineesHouseAGAINST
4/17/19HB 2570 - expanding grants offered by CPRITHouseAGAINST
4/17/19HJR 145 - using debt to provide financial assistance to disaster area political subdivisionsHouseAGAINST
4/17/19HJR 34 - temporary appraisal exemption for disaster areasHouseFOR
4/16/19SB 1376 - eliminating certain mandates on school districtsSenateFOR
4/16/19SB 1367 - expanding reach of municipal development districtsSenateAGAINST
4/16/19SB 597 - prohibiting fees to file appraisal protestSenateFOR
4/16/19SB 569 - increased regulations on listed family homesSenateAGAINST
4/16/19SB 511 - civil penalty for installing unsafe tiresSenateAGAINST
4/16/19SB 322 - independent evaluation of certain retirement fundsSenateFOR
4/16/19SB 12 - additional spending on TRS without sufficient reformsHouseAGAINST
4/16/19HB 953 - Increasing cost of personnel for charter schoolsHouseAGAINST
4/16/19HB 2000 - authorizing tuition revenue bonds for public university buildingsHouseAGAINST
4/16/19HB 368 - removing unconstitutional prohibition on use of legislative audio/video materialHouseFOR
4/16/19HB 14 - student loan repayment assistance for peace officersHouseAGAINST
4/16/19HB 2968 - expanding THECB bonding authority for student loansHouseAGAINST
4/16/19HB 2032 - state funds for health literacy planHouseAGAINST
4/16/19HB 1896 - exempting TPWD from revenue-neutral regulation protectionsHouseAGAINST
4/16/19HB 861 - protections from penalties/interest during ad valorem court appeal processHouseFOR
4/16/19HB 885 - minimum wage for community rehabilitataion programsHouseAGAINST
4/16/19HB 39 - repealing time limits on grants by CPRITHouseAGAINST
4/16/19HJR 12 - authorizing more bonds for CPRITHouseAGAINST
4/16/19HB 1504 - Texas Medical Board sunset billHouseNEUTRAL; AMENDMENTS SUBJECT TO RATING
4/15/19SB 2488 - statewide preemption of employer hiring practicesSenateFOR
4/15/19SB 2208 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
4/15/19SB 2194 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
4/15/19SB 1772 - temporary appraisal exemption for disaster areasSenateFOR
4/15/19SB 1577 - prohibition on appropriations for sexual harassment settlementsSenateFOR
4/15/19SB 1569 - strengthening electioneering prohibition on public school districtsSenateFOR
4/15/19SB 1568 - increased tools to prosecute voter fraudSenateFOR
4/15/19SB 1394 - licensing mobile barbers and cosmetologistsSenateAGAINST
4/15/19SB 1307 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
4/15/19SB 746 - increased protection from forced annexationSenateFOR
4/15/19SB 462 - ballot transparency for bond propositionsSenateFOR
4/15/19SJR 57 - temporary appraisal exemption for disaster areas (NOTE: bill number has been corrected)SenateFOR
4/15/19HB 2755 - lifting cap on certain county/health district feesHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 2137 - handgun license fee carveout for retired police officersHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 25 - pilot program for expanding Medicaid transportation program optionsHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 1142 - creating de facto tax on non-public hospitalsHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 1060 - expanding types of notices for appraisal protest hearingsHouseFOR
4/15/19HB 1802 - more time to request arbitration against appraisal boardHouseFOR
4/15/19HB 686 - making temporary district/county clerk fee increases permanentHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 852 - restricting excessive municipal permit feesHouseFOR
4/15/19HB 314 - using education funds for child careHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 218 - ban on prohibiting occupational license renewal for student loan defaultHouseFOR
4/15/19HB 80 - study on shortage of health professionsHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 1000 - rural "opportunity fund" tax creditHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 766 - tuition carveout for police and firefightersHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 1894 - repealing criminal penalties against unregistered interior designersHouseFOR
4/15/19HB 787 - study on certification of music therapistsHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 800 - adding contraceptives to CHIPHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HJR 5 - authorizing bonds for mental health researchHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 10 - creating tax-funded mental health research instituteHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 253 - using state resources to plan for postpartum depressionHouseAGAINST
4/15/19HB 19 - Using school district resources for mental healthHouseAGAINST
4/12/19HB 2888 (L&C) - removing petition requirements for filing for Wilbarger County Hospital District electionHouseNEUTRAL (Corrected after closer review)
4/12/19HB 2680 (L&C) - increasing recreational fee at UT-TylerHouseAGAINST
4/12/19HB 2324 (L&C) - continuation of de facto tax on Tarrant County hospitalsHouseAGAINST
4/12/19HB 1516 (L&C) - removing expiration of athletics fee at Texas SouthernHouseAGAINST
4/12/19HB 1488 (L&C) - recreational facilities for a Harris County MUDHouseAGAINST
4/12/19HB 1277 (L&C) - wellness center fee at U. of Houston-DowntownHouseAGAINST
4/12/19HB 294 (L&C) - incumbent protection for Muleshoe Area Hospital DistrictHouseAGAINST
4/12/19HB 279 (L&C) - sales tax for Midland County Hospital DistrictHouseAGAINST
4/11/19Pre-filed amendments to HB 2HouseView notices here
4/11/19SB 903 - strengthening election integritySenateFOR
4/11/19SB 330 - expansion of TEXAS grantSenateAGAINST
4/11/19SB 86 - permitting raising chickens in a municipalitySenateFOR
4/11/19SB 37 - prohibiting denial of occupational license renewal due to student loan defaultSenateFOR
4/11/19HB 2 - property tax reformHouseNEUTRAL; SUBJECT TO AMENDMENTS
4/11/19HJR 11 - authorizing more bonds for Texas Water Development BoardHouseAGAINST
4/11/19SB 1995 - occupational license review divisionSenateFOR
4/11/19SB 1393 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
4/11/19SB 16 - student loan repayment for peace officersSenateAGAINST
4/11/19HB 1065 - rural physician grant programHouseAGAINST
4/10/19HB 2016 - expanding types of wine available to sell under certain permitsHouseFOR
4/9/19SB 2487 - state preemption of employment leaveSenateFOR
4/9/19SB 2486 - state preemption of employer scheduling practicesSenateFOR
4/9/19SB 2485 - state preemption of certain employment benefitsSenateFOR
4/9/19SB 2137 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
4/9/19SB 1751 - creating de facto tax on hospitals in El Paso County for indigent care (NOTE: bill number has been corrected)SenateAGAINST
4/9/19SB 1262 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
4/9/19SB 849 - more transparency when setting municipal feesSenateFOR
4/9/19SB 320 - expanding hotel occupancy taxesSenateAGAINST
4/9/19SB 30 - requiring separate propositions for bond electionsSenateFOR
4/9/19SB 29 - banning taxpayer-funded lobbyingSenateFOR
4/9/19HB 2263 - removing ability of GLO to sell electricityHouseFOR
4/9/19HB 2326 - reauthorizing de facto tax on hospitals in Dallas County for indigent careHouseAGAINST
4/9/19HB 410 - deregulating low-volume livestock processingHouseFOR
4/9/19HB 286 - spending state funds on recycling promotionHouseAGAINST
4/9/19HB 477 - ballot transparency for bond propositions (Note: bill number has been corrected)HouseFOR
4/9/19HB 651 - de facto tax on hospitals to subsidize indigent careHouseAGAINST
4/9/19HB 1915 - state resources for Alzheimer's educationHouseAGAINST
4/8/19SB 710 - mirroring problematic TEC statutes at the county levelSenateAGAINST
4/8/19HB 360 - reauthorizing local tax abatementsHouseAGAINST
4/8/19HB 2261 - student loan repayment assistanceHouseAGAINST
4/8/19HB 347 - expanding forced annexation protectionsHouseFOR
4/8/19HB 71 - creating mass transit in the RGVHouseAGAINST
4/8/19HB 2129 - reauthorizing Ch. 313 agreements (tax abatements)HouseAGAINST
4/8/19HB 1 - state budgetSenateAGAINST (violates Conservative Texas Budget)
4/8/19SB 1891 - state spending capSenateFOR
4/8/19SB 1640 - reforming Texas open meetings lawSenateFOR
4/8/19SB 1006 - increasing exemption from business personal property taxSenateFOR
4/8/19SB 855 - protections from excessive municipal feesSenateFOR
4/8/19SB 422 - protections from certain municipal finesSenateFOR
4/8/19SJR 27 - no state funds for local retirement fundsSenateFOR
4/4/19SB 21 - raising smoking age to 21SenateAGAINST
4/3/19SB 27 - protections from frivolous regulatory actionSenateFOR
4/3/19SB 9 - election securitySenateFOR
4/3/19SB 2 - property tax reformSenateFOR
4/3/19HB 3 - increased public education spending without sufficient property tax relief/reformHouseAGAINST (without strengthened relief/reform measures)
4/3/19Amendments to HB 3 (see above)HouseView notices here
4/2/19SB 1152 - reducing municipal fees for telecomm servicesSenateFOR
4/2/19SB 1048 - uniform election dates for school districtsSenateFOR
4/2/19SB 957 - voter approval for pension bondsSenateFOR
4/2/19SB 674 - drainage exemptions for charter schoolsSenateFOR
4/2/19SB 452 - optional term limits for certain municipalitiesSenateFOR
4/2/19SB 17 - protections for occupational licenseesSenateFOR
4/1/19HB 440 - restrictions on general obligation bondsHouseFOR
4/1/19SB 361 - regulating financing of pet purchasesSenateAGAINST
3/27/19SB 500 - supplemental appropriationsHouseAGAINST (violates Conservative Texas Budget and spends ESF funds on ongoing expenses)
3/27/19HB 1 - state budgetHouseAGAINST (violates Conservative Texas Budget)
3/27/19Amendments to HB 1 (state budget)HouseView notices here
3/27/19SB 22 - banning sweetheart deals for abortion providersSenateFOR
3/27/19SB 702 - taxpayer-funded lobbying reformSenateFOR
3/26/19HB 382 - subsidized municipal utility billsHouseAGAINST
3/25/19HB 337 - mandating cutoff switches on motorboatsHouseAGAINST
3/20/19SB 12 - additional spending on TRS without sufficient reformsSenateAGAINST
3/20/19SB 366 - more transparency of registered lobbyist activitySenateFOR
3/20/19SB 548 - reforming TEC complaint processSenateFOR
3/20/19HB 305 - increased transparency regarding local electionsHouseFOR
3/20/19HB 81 - increased transparency for local governmentsHouseFOR
3/19/19HB 234 - deregulating child lemonade standsHouseFOR
3/19/19HB 92 - promoting welfare enrollment via public schoolsHouseNEUTRAL as amended
3/18/19SB 552 - eminent domain reformSenateFOR
3/18/19SB 553 - eminent domain reformSenateFOR
3/18/19SB 554 - eminent domain reformSenateFOR
3/18/19SB 421 - eminent domain reformSenateFOR
3/18/19SB 18 - free speech protections on college campusesSenateFOR
3/12/19SB 500 - supplemental appropriationsSenateAGAINST (violates Conservative Texas Budget and spends ESF funds on ongoing expenses)
3/6/19SB 15 - prohibiting certain local regulations of private employersSenateFOR
2/27/19SB 3 - increasing teacher pay raisesSenateAGAINST (without passage of sufficient property tax relief)
2/26/19SB 10 - spending outside core function of governmentSenateAGAINST
1/9/19Rules that empower members to advance conservative reforms, simplify the process, and increase transparency and access for citizens.HouseFOR

 



METHODOLOGY
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.

WEIGHTING & CREDITS
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.