During the 87th Legislature, TAC's legislative staff tracked thousands of bills affecting county government. The complete list of tracked bills, organized by county association, can be found here.
This year Gov. Abbott vetoed 21 bills, including his line-item veto of funding for the Legislature in the state budget. The list below represents a collection of vetoed bills of interest to county officials.
TAC is also working to finalize the 2021 Legislative Analysis Report, which highlights bills that have passed and will affect county government. The report will be published soon.
HB 686 by Rep. Moody (D-El Paso). Relating to the release on parole of certain inmates convicted of an offense committed when younger than 18 years old; changing parole eligibility. Veto message.
HB 787 by Rep. Allen (D-Houston). Relating to conditions of community supervision prohibiting contact with certain persons. Veto message.
HB 1193 by Rep. Wu (D-Houston). Relating to the jurisdiction of a juvenile court over certain persons and to the sealing and nondisclosure of certain juvenile records. Veto message.
HB 1240 by Rep. Coleman (D-Houston). Relating to the offense of failure to comply with an order from a fire marshal and the authority of certain county employees to issue citations for certain violations; changing a criminal penalty. Veto message.
HB 1477 by Rep. Keith Bell (R-Forney). Relating to performance and payment bonds for public work contracts on public property leased to a nongovernmental entity. Veto message.
HB 1544 by Rep. Guillen (D-Rio Grande City). Relating to the eligibility of land to continue to be appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land if the land is temporarily used for sand mining operations; authorizing a fee. Veto message.
HB 2448 by Rep. Canales (D-Edinburg). Relating to the verification of the incarceration of an accused person in a criminal case for the purpose of discharging a surety's liability on a bail bond. Veto message.
SB 1 by Sen. Nelson (R-Flower Mound). General Appropriations Bill. Line-item veto. Veto message.
SB 36 by Sen. Zaffirini (D-Laredo). Relating to creation of a higher education task force focused on mental health services and the offense of hazing. Veto message.
SB 237 by Sen. Bettencourt (R-Houston). Relating to the issuance of a citation for a criminal trespass offense punishable as a Class B misdemeanor. Veto message.
SB 281 by Sen. Hinojosa (D-McAllen). Relating to the use of hypnotically induced testimony in a criminal trial. Veto message.
SB 474 by Sen. Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville). Relating to the unlawful restraint of a dog; creating a criminal offense. Veto message.
SB 813 by Sen. Hughes (R-Mineola). Relating to the insurance premium tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of certified historic structures. Veto message.
SB 1458 by Sen. Zaffirini (D-Laredo). Relating to standardized forms and materials for the issuance of protective orders, magistrate's orders for emergency protection and temporary ex parte orders. Veto message.
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