As we enter the final 30 days of the 84th Texas Legislature, a number of issues we are addressing on your behalf are progressing through the maze of the legislative process.
SB 641 (Schwertner), providing for enforcement of the debit card surcharge prohibition, was passed out of the House late last week and substituted for HB 3442 (Raney) as one of the first bills to pass both chambers this session. Several acceptable amendments were added, so the Senate author must concur with these, but we expect the bill to be on the Governor's desk in the next ten days. We very much appreciate the efforts and fine work of both Senator Schwertner and Representative Raney as well as their respective staffs on this issue.
As noted in several "calls to action," HB 3522 (Longoria), which would require validation of the identity of a purchaser of gift cards at point of sale, was heard on the House floor on Monday where is passed on second reading. A record of the vote can be found online via the Texas Legislature homepage.
Chairman Rene Oliveira's HB 1936, which would require 10 days prior notice to existing lienholders on a property tax loan, was finally passed in the House yesterday. It is now headed to the Senate where we will have an opportunity to work hard for passage in the coming weeks.
The bill to require payment prior to providing a discovery request, HB 2394 (Darby), has passed the House and should be voted out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee this week. Likewise, SB 1020 (Creighton), allowing a trust to be named as a beneficiary on a POD account, is moving through the process, has passed the Senate and should be heard this week in the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee. Representative Andy Murr's companion bill, HB 1847, is through the Committee and awaiting action on the House floor.
- SB 1457 (Nichols) addresses the liability of "end users" in patent troll lawsuits. This important bill has passed the Senate and should be referred to a House Committee this week.
Thanks to all of you who have contacted your lawmakers on these bills! It makes a tremendous difference and is a critical part of the process.