2019 Bills That are Still Moving or Have Become Law

May 27, 2019

 
Last updated: June 16, 2019

It’s Sine Die – the last day of legislative session – and TCJC is thrilled that so many positive bills have progressed to the Governor’s desk.  A few have already become law!

The Governor now has a 20-day period to review the bills and either sign them into law, let them pass into law without his signature, or veto them.

Below we have provided a list of nearly 90 bills and resolutions that are awaiting the Governor’s signature, or have already become law. Bookmark this page – we’ll update it over these next 20 days!

And stay tuned: When all is said and done, we’ll have a full recap of what happened this session, with bill analyses for everything that becomes law.

NOTE: The bills with asterisks below were priority bills on TCJC’s legislative agenda.


YOUTH JUSTICE BILLS

Community-Based Supports

  • SB 355 [West | Sponsor: Klick]
    Relating to developing a strategic plan regarding implementation of prevention and early intervention services and community-based care and conducting a study regarding the resources provided to foster parents.
    Filed without the Governor’s signature; effective immediately, 6/14/2019

Improvements to Juvenile Court and Corrections Systems

  • HB 1760 [White, Wu | Sponsor: Perry]
    Relating to the confidentiality, sharing, sealing, and destruction of juvenile records and certain records of at-risk youth.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 1771 [Thierry, Dutton, Senfronia Thompson, Shaheen, Miller | Sponsor: Huffman]
    Relating to a prohibition on prosecuting or referring to juvenile court certain persons for certain conduct constituting the offense of prostitution and to the provision of services to those persons.
    VETOED

  • HB 2229 [Jarvis Johnson | Sponsor: Whitmire]
    Relating to a report of information concerning juvenile offenders committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department who have been in foster care.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/10/2019

  • HB 2737 [Wu, Dutton, White, Leach, Frank | Sponsor: Johnson]
    Relating to judicial guidance related to child protective services cases and juvenile cases.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 3648 [Guillen | Sponsor: Whitmire]
    Relating to the powers and duties of the office of independent ombudsman for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
    VETOED

School-Related Reforms

  • HB 18 [Price, Huberty, Senfronia Thompson, Coleman, Greg Bonnen | Sponsor: Watson]
    Relating to consideration of the mental health of public school students in training requirements for certain school employees, curriculum requirements, counseling programs, educational programs, state and regional programs and services, and health care services for students and to mental health first aid program training and reporting regarding local mental health authority and school district personnel.
    Signed by the Governor

  • HB 19 [Price, Huberty, Senfronia Thompson, Coleman, Greg Bonnen | Sponsor: Watson]
    Relating to mental health and substance use resources for certain school districts.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 65 [Eric Johnson | Sponsor: West]
    Relating to reporting information regarding public school disciplinary actions.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/14/2019

  • HB 548 [Canales | Sponsor: Lucio]
    Relating to reporting certain information through the Public Education Information Management System.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 906 [Senfronia Thompson, Phelan, Moody, Greg Bonnen, Coleman | Sponsor: Powell]
    Relating to the establishment of a collaborative task force to study certain public school mental health services.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/14/2019

  • HB 2184 [Allen, White, Wu, Phelan, Morales | Sponsor: Huffman]
    Relating to a public school student's transition from an alternative education program to a regular classroom.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/10/2019

  • HB 3630 [Meyer, Mary González, Shaheen | Sponsor: Lucio]
    Relating to prohibiting the use of certain aversive techniques on students enrolled in public schools.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/14/2019

  • SB 435 [Nelson | Sponsors: Price, Sheffield, Minjarez, Rose, VanDeaver]
    Relating to recommendations by local school health advisory councils regarding opioid addiction and abuse education in public schools.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 5/31/2019

  • SB 712 [Lucio | Sponsors: Meyer, Mary González, Shaheen]
    Relating to prohibiting the use of certain aversive techniques on students enrolled in public schools.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/10/2019

  • SB 1746 [Miles | Sponsors: White, Reynolds, Rose]
    Relating to the inclusion of certain students as students at risk of dropping out of school.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/2/2019

Supports for Young People in Foster Care or Who are Homeless

  • HB 53 [Minjarez, Miller, Klick, Clardy | Sponsor: Powell]
    Relating to the transitional living services program for certain youth in foster care.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 123 [White, Klick, Miller, Minjarez, Rose | Sponsor: Watson]
    Relating to personal identification documents for foster children or youth or homeless children or youth.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 475 [Howard, Wu | Sponsor: Watson]
    Relating to information for foster children who are pregnant or minor parents.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 692 [White, Wu | Sponsor: Watson]
    Relating to the suspension of a student who is homeless from public school.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/7/2019

  • HB 811 [White, Wu | Sponsor: West]
    Relating to determining appropriate disciplinary action to be taken against a public school student who is in foster care or who is homeless.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 5/24/2019

  • HB 1702 [Howard, Stucky, Frank, Minjarez | Sponsor: Hancock]
    Relating to services provided for students at public institutions of higher education who are or were in foster care.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 5/29/2019

  • HB 2564 [White, Button | Sponsor: Lucio]
    Relating to addressing the needs of homeless youth.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019


BILLS RELATED TO DECARCERATION, SENTENCING REFORM & COMMUNITY-BASED SUPPORTS

Safe Diversions from Incarceration & Support for Community-Based Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment

  • HB 374 [Allen, Bowers | Sponsor: Miles]
    Relating to meetings or visits between a defendant on community supervision and a supervision officer.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 1070 [Price, Senfronia Thompson, Coleman, Greg Bonnen, Sheffield | Sponsor: Watson]
    Relating to the mental health first aid training program reporting requirements.
    Signed by the Governor

  • HB 2813 [Price, Raymond | Sponsor: Nelson]
    Relating to the statewide behavioral health coordinating council.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/10/2019

  • HB 2955 [Price, Murr, Moody, Minjarez | Sponsor: Zaffirini]
    Relating to oversight of specialty court programs.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 3529 [Gutierrez | Sponsor: Menéndez]
    Relating to the creation of a family violence pretrial diversion pilot program in Bexar County.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/10/2019

  • HB 3540 [Burns, Raymond, Collier | Sponsor: Hughes]
    Relating to the authority of a peace officer to release in lieu of arrest certain persons with an intellectual or developmental disability.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 3980 [Hunter | Sponsor: Menéndez]
    Relating to a requirement that the Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council prepare a report regarding suicide rates in this state and state efforts to prevent suicides.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/14/2019

  • HB 4429 [Blanco | Sponsor: Menéndez]
    Relating to mental health first aid training for veterans and immediate family members of veterans.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 4468 [Coleman, Yvonne Davis, Collier | Sponsor: Whitmire]
    Relating to county jails and community mental health programs in certain counties.
    Filed without the Governor’s signature; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HCR 137 [Hunter | Sponsor: Menéndez]
    Designating September as Suicide Prevention Month for a 10-year period beginning in 2019.
    Signed by the Governor

  • HCR 148 [Landgraf, Flynn, Miller, Tinderholt, Blanco | Sponsor: Campbell]
    Designating June as Veteran Suicide and PTSD Awareness Month for a 10-year period beginning in 2019.
    Signed by the Governor

  • SB 306 [Watson | Sponsor: Israel]
    Relating to the release by a peace officer of certain individuals suspected of the offense of public intoxication.
    Filed without the Governor’s signature; effective immediately, 4/25/2019

  • SB 633 [Kolkhorst | Sponsors: Lambert, Guillen]
    Relating to an initiative to increase the capacity of local mental health authorities to provide access to mental health services in certain counties.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/14/2019

  • SB 822 [Nelson | Sponsor: Flynn]
    Relating to the administration of a grant program to support community mental health programs for veterans and their families.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 5/31/2019

  • SB 1180 [Menéndez | Sponsor: Lopez]
    Relating to reporting regarding veterans treatment court programs.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

Opioid-Related Reforms

  • HB 3285 [Sheffield, Zerwas, Price, Moody, Klick | Sponsor: Huffman]
    Relating to programs and initiatives to prevent and respond to opioid addiction, misuse, abuse, and overdose and identify and treat co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • SB 340 [Huffman | Sponsors: Phil King, Guillen, Parker, Sheffield]
    Relating to the creation of a grant program to assist law enforcement agencies with the purchase of opioid antagonists.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/10/2019

Human and Sexual Trafficking-Related Reforms

  • HB 111 [Mary González, Meyer, Button | Sponsor: Fallon]
    Relating to public school policy and training for public school employees addressing the prevention of sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other maltreatment of certain children.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 292 [Senfronia Thompson, Landgraf, Calanni, Julie Johnson | Sponsor: Huffman]
    Relating to inclusion of instruction on the trafficking of persons in the basic training curriculum for peace officers.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 403 [Senfronia Thompson | Sponsor: Huffman]
    Relating to training requirements for a member of the board of trustees and the superintendent of an independent school district regarding sexual abuse, human trafficking, and other maltreatment of children.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 2059 [Blanco | Sponsor: Taylor]
    Relating to required human trafficking prevention training as a condition of registration permit or license renewal for certain health care practitioners.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 3078 [Senfronia Thompson, Moody, Parker, White, Allen | Sponsor: Zaffirini]
    Relating to the review of clemency applications from certain persons who were victims of human trafficking or family violence.
    VETOED

  • HB 3800 [Senfronia Thompson, Lopez, Collier | Sponsor: Huffman]
    Relating to required reporting of human trafficking cases by certain law enforcement entities and by prosecutors.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HCR 35 [Miller, Shaheen, Charles "Doc" Anderson | Sponsor: Huffman]
    Recognizing human trafficking as a public health issue.
    Signed by the Governor

  • SB 72 [Nelson | Sponsor: Guillen]
    Relating to the establishment and duties of the human trafficking prevention coordinating council.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • SB 1219 [Alvarado | Sponsor: Senfronia Thompson]
    Relating to human trafficking signs at certain transportation hubs.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

Sentencing-Related Reforms & Penalty Reductions

  • *** HB 1279 [Allen | Sponsor: Menéndez]
    Relating to jury instructions regarding parole eligibility.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 427 [Shaheen, Krause, Zedler, Cortez, Raymond | Sponsor: Hughes]
    Relating to the punishment for the offense of fraudulent destruction, removal, or concealment of a writing that is attached to tangible property; enhancing a criminal penalty.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 446 [Moody, Stickland, Oliverson, Frullo | Sponsor: Perry]
    Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to certain instruments designed, made, or adapted for use in striking a person.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 1325 [Tracy O. King, Larson, Gutierrez, Rodriguez, Burrows | Sponsor: Perry]
    Relating to the production and regulation of hemp; requiring occupational licenses; authorizing fees; creating criminal offenses; providing civil and administrative penalties.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/10/2019

  • HB 2835 [Canales | Sponsor: Alvarado]
    Relating to a defense to prosecution for the criminal offense of operating a vehicle with an expired license plate.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 3582 [Murr, Moody, White, Wray, Wu | Sponsor: Menéndez]
    Relating to the punishment for certain intoxication offenses, the conditions of bond for defendants charged with certain intoxication offenses, and the eligibility for deferred adjudication community supervision of defendants who committed certain intoxication offenses.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019


WOMEN’S JUSTICE BILLS

State-Level Reforms

  • *** HB 650 [White, Klick, Howard, Neave, Meza | Sponsor: Whitmire]
    Relating to inmates of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • *** HB 812 [White | Sponsor: Whitmire]
    Relating to the amount of the health care services fee paid by certain inmates.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • *** HB 1374 [Hernandez, Neave, Guillen | Sponsor: Whitmire]
    Relating to grants for the development and operation of pretrial intervention programs for pregnant defendants and defendants who are the primary caretaker of a child.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/14/2019

  • *** HB 3227 [Howard, Jarvis Johnson, Allen, White | Sponsor: Huffman]
    Relating to the availability of and access to certain programs and services for persons in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
    NOTE: This bill includes an amendment to increase access to peer support services for individuals incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 405 [Minjarez, Howard, Hinojosa, Ortega, Cecil Bell | Sponsor: Kolkhorst]
    Relating to designating June as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Awareness Month.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • SB 436 [Nelson | Sponsors: Price, Rose, Minjarez, Sheffield, VanDeaver]
    Relating to statewide initiatives to improve maternal and newborn health for women with opioid use disorder.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/7/2019

County-Level Reforms

  • *** HB 1651 [Mary González, White, Charles "Doc" Anderson | Sponsor: Alvarado]
    Relating to the care of pregnant women confined in county jail.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • *** HB 2169 [Allen, Rosenthal, Wu, Ramos, Neave | Sponsor: Whitmire]
    Relating to reporting concerning female prisoners who are confined in county jails and to the provision of feminine hygiene products to female prisoners.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019


BILLS RELATED TO CONFINEMENT IN STATE OR LOCAL CORRECTIONS FACILITIES

State-Level Reform

  • HB 1191 [Jarvis Johnson, Wu, Ramos, Morales | Sponsor: Whitmire]
    Relating to an annual report concerning the number of inmates who have been in the conservatorship of a state agency responsible for providing child protective services.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

County-Level Reforms

  • HB 3116 [White | Sponsor: West]
    Relating to the establishment of a task force to conduct a comprehensive study on best practice standards for the detention of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • SB 1700 [Whitmire | Sponsor: Miller]
    Relating to the discharge of a prisoner from a county jail.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019


REENTRY & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BILLS

Improved Access to Employment and Economic Opportunity

  • *** HB 1342 [Leach, Allen, Toth, Jarvis Johnson, Rose | Sponsor: Hinojosa]
    Relating to a person's eligibility for an occupational license; providing an administrative penalty.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 700 [Guillen | Sponsor: Powell]
    Relating to the use of the skills development fund by certain entities and a study and report regarding the effectiveness of that fund.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 714 [Lucio III, Lopez | Sponsor: Rodríguez]
    Relating to a reemployment program available to certain veterans placed on community supervision for a misdemeanor offense.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/2/2019

  • HB 918 [White; Yvonne Davis; Sherman, Sr. | Sponsor: Johnson]
    Relating to providing discharged or released inmates with certain documents, including documents to assist the inmate in obtaining employment.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 1/1/2020

  • HB 1483 [Frank, Goldman, Deshotel, Miller, Rose | Sponsor: Perry]
    Relating to a pilot program for assisting certain recipients of public benefits to gain permanent self-sufficiency.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 5/27/2019

  • HB 2784 [Phelan; Romero, Jr.; Blanco; Burrows; Israel | Sponsor: Alvarado]
    Relating to the creation of the Texas Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs Grant Program.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 3511 [VanDeaver, Anchia, Senfronia Thompson, Murphy, Lozano | Sponsor: Alvarado]
    Relating to the creation of the Commission on Texas Workforce of the Future.
    VETOED

  • SB 37 [Zaffirini | Sponsors: Krause, Hernandez, Blanco, Oliverson, Shaheen]
    Relating to a prohibition on the use of student loan default or breach of a student loan repayment or scholarship contract as a ground for refusal to grant or renew an occupational license or other disciplinary action in relation to an occupational license.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/7/2019

  • SB 1531 [Hancock | Sponsor: White]
    Relating to the eligibility for certain occupational licenses and the use of a person's criminal history as grounds for certain actions related to the license.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • SB 1636 [Zaffirini | Sponsor: Price]
    Relating to an annual report prepared by the Health Professions Council.
    Signed by the Governor; effective immediately, 6/10/2019

Reduction in Long-Term Impact of a Conviction

  • HB 162 [White | Sponsor: Zaffirini]
    Relating to the period of certain driver's license suspensions.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • SB 550 [West | Sponsor: Senfronia Thompson]
    Relating to the eligibility of certain criminal defendants for an order of nondisclosure of criminal history record information.
    VETOED

Recognition for TCJC Staff & Other Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

  • HR 1268 [Allen]
    Recognizing April 2019 as Second Chance Month.
    Enrolled


BILLS RELATED TO OTHER JUSTICE ISSUES

Policing & Citation-Related Reforms

  • HB 1386 [Senfronia Thompson | Sponsor: Zaffirini]
    Relating to training and development activities for persons who may interact with an individual with autism or other pervasive developmental disorder.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 1631 [Stickland, Collier, Burrows, Senfronia Thompson | Sponsor: Hall]
    Relating to prohibiting the use of photographic traffic signal enforcement systems.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 4236 [Charles "Doc" Anderson | Sponsor: Birdwell]
    Relating to permitting the viewing of certain body worn camera recordings.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

Fee & Surcharge-Related Reforms

  • HB 435 [Shaheen, Thierry, Smith | Sponsor: Zaffirini]
    Relating to the maintenance of information entered into a fee record.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 2048 [Zerwas, Darby, Krause, Sarah Davis, Howard | Sponsor: Huffman]
    Relating to the repeal of the driver responsibility program and the amount and allocation of state traffic fine funds; eliminating program surcharges; authorizing and increasing criminal fines; increasing a fee.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019

  • HB 2475 [Guillen | Sponsor: Zaffirini]
    Relating to the indigent status of a person for purposes of the driver responsibility program.
    VETOED

Defense-Related Reform

  • SB 583 [Hinojosa | Sponsor: Rose]
    Relating to the appointment of a local public defender's office to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases.
    Signed by the Governor; effective on 9/1/2019
     

About the Author: 

Leah Pinney

Executive Director

Leah has been part of the TCJC team since 2007, and she has carried out her passion for justice reform through her work in various project areas by advancing the mission of TCJC.  As TCJC’s Executive Director, Leah currently spearheads organizational planning and coordination of local and statewide strategies, while ensuring that reforms are driven by those most impacted. You can learn more about Leah here.