Bills of Interest

February 26, 2021

Legislative News

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TAC Legislative Services staff has highlighted some recently filed bills of interest to county officials.

HB 1382 by Rep. Bucy – Requires early voting clerk to develop and maintain an electronic system on which an early voter may check the status of their voter application for a ballot by mail and the voter’s ballot voted by mail.

HB 1385 by Rep. Crockett – Allows a voter to deliver a marked ballot in a sealed carrier envelope to any depository box location designated by the early voting clerk. The early voting clerk may authorize as many suitable locations for depository boxes.

HB 1810 by Rep. Capriglione – Maintenance and production of public electronic information under the Public Information Act. See also SB 729 by Sen. Johnson.

HB 1930 by Rep. Walle – Mandates the justice courts to submit within their monthly report to the Office of the Court Administration (OCA), a report, by category, of each case filed in the court involving a dispute between a landlord and a tenant under Chapter 24, Property Code, or Title 8, Property Code. Directs OCA to establish and maintain an electronic database that houses that information.

HB 1989 by Rep. Thierry – Directs the Personal Protective Equipment Reserve Advisory Committee, in coordination with other relevant state agencies, to establish and maintain a reserve of personal protective equipment for use by health care workers and essential personnel during a public health disaster or other public health emergency. The reserve must maintain at least a 90-day supply of the equipment. See also HB 2270 by Rep. J. Turner and SB 437 by Sen. Blanco.

HB 2098 by Rep. Schaefer – Repeals Section 418.173 of Texas Government Code which allows a state, local, or interjurisdictional emergency management plan to provide that failure to comply with the plan or with a rule, order, or ordinance adopted under the plan is an offense. Currently, the emergency management plan may prescribe a punishment for the offense but may not prescribe a fine that exceeds $1,000 or confinement in jail for a term that exceeds 180 days.

HB 2131 by Rep. Ellzey – Makes official public records held by the county clerk permanent.

SB 689 by Sen. Lucio – Allows the governing body of a taxing unit to waive penalties and interest on a delinquent tax for property located in an area declared by the Governor to be a disaster area following a disaster.

SB 690 by Sen. Zaffirini – Allows court proceedings to occur remotely using technology and the internet.