By Tim Brown CIP
House committees have started to hear bills and timelines for responding to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) are growing shorter as a result, which is why it’s important for TAC to receive your fiscal impact information as soon as possible.
For example, earlier this week TAC State Financial Analyst Paul Emerson had a four-hour turn around time on information he provided to the LBB for HB 215 by Rep. Pete Gallego, relating to photograph and live lineup identification procedures in criminal cases.
TAC received the LBB request Monday afternoon, Feb. 21, and Emerson responded the same day. The LBB produced the official fiscal note that same evening. The next day, HB 215 was heard, substituted and passed out of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. Emerson and I are currently working on the following bills:
HB 875 by Charlie Howard, relating to the identification of certain defendants as foreign nationals who were not lawfully admitted to the United States or whose lawful status has expired and to their release on bail.
HB 1145 by Geren/SB 527 by Fraser, relating to air monitors in Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Regions 3 and 4 to be funded through the Texas emissions reduction plan.
HB 1153 by Paxton, relating to public access to financial and tax rate information of political subdivisions
HB 1188 by Aliseda, relating to state assistance for certain county health care expenditures.
HB 1353 by Elkins, relating to speed limits.
HB 1659 by Yvonne Davis, relating to conditions of employment for an employee of certain sheriff's departments.
HB 1678 by Burkett, relating to the appointment of a county election administrator.
SJR 26 (SB 760 by West), proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.
HB 1419 by Hughes, relating to the use of direct recording electronic voting machines.
HB 1502 by White, relating to allowing military voters on active duty overseas to receive and cast a ballot electronically.
HB 1649 by Marquez, relating to the enforcement of building code standards for new residential construction in the unincorporated area of a county; providing a fee.
To provide fiscal impact information, please contact Tim Brown at or call (800) 456-5974. Send information on Paul Emerson’s bills to firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 456-5974.