Legislation Tracker

bill highlights

PASSED

The following bills relating to state employees and retirees were passed into law:

SB 1: General Appropriations Bill.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor with line item veto; effective 9/1/21

HB 2: Relating to making supplemental appropriations and reductions in appropriations and giving direction and adjustment authority regarding appropriations.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective immediately

SB 13: Relating to state contracts with and investments in certain companies that boycott energy companies.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor on June 14th; effective 9/1/21

HB 21: Relating to the statute of limitations applicable to a sexual harassment complaint filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor on June 14th; effective immediately

SB 44: Relating to leave for state employees who are volunteers of certain disaster relief organizations.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective 9/1/21

SB 45: Relating to the prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor on June 14th; effective 9/1/21

SB 321: Relating to the state contribution to the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective 9/1/21

SB 437: Relating to the state reserve of personal protective equipment for health care workers and essential personnel.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective immediately

SB 483: Relating to a biennial study and report by the Employees Retirement System of Texas and Teacher Retirement System of Texas on converting to a defined contribution plan.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective 9/1/21

SB 827: Relating to health benefit plan cost-sharing requirements for prescription insulin.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor on June 14th; effective 9/1/21

SB 841: Relating to the availability of personal information of individuals who are honorably retired from certain law enforcement positions.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor on June 14th; effective immediately

HB 917: Relating to the composition of the board of trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas. 
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective 9/1/21

SB 1071: Relating to disability retirement benefits for certain peace officers under the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective 9/1/21

SB 1065: Relating to coverage for diagnostic imaging for breast cancer under certain health benefit plans.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor on June 16th; effective 9/1/21

SB 1359: Relating to adoption by law enforcement agencies of a mental health leave policy for peace officers.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective 9/1/21

HB 1589: Relating to paid leave for public officers and employees engaged in certain military service.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective 9/1/21

HB 2063: Relating to the establishment of a state employee family leave pool.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective 9/1/21

HB 2896: Relating to the creation and re-creation of funds and accounts, the dedication and rededication of revenue and allocation of accrued interest on dedicated revenue, and the exemption of unappropriated money from use for general governmental purposes.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective immediately

HB 3898: Relating to the funding of public retirement systems.
Status: SIGNED by the Governor; effective 9/1/21

 

HAVE NOT PASSED - STILL TRACKING

These bills did not pass regular session, but they may come up in special session. We're still continuing to track these state workforce-related bills:

BUDGET

87(1) HB 1: Relating to making appropriations for the legislature and legislative agencies.
Status: Introduced

87(1) SB 10: Relating to making appropriations for the legislature and legislative agencies.
Status: Introduced

87(1) SB 24: Relating to state investments in social media companies that censor political speech.
Status: Introduced

SB 1298: Relating to the creation and re-creation of funds and accounts, the dedication and rededication of revenue and allocation of accrued interest on dedicated revenue, and the exemption of unappropriated money from use for general governmental purposes.
Status: In committee (Finance)

HB 2021: Relating to state budget execution authority for certain federal funds.
Status: In Calendars Committee

HEALTHCARE

87(1) HB 16: Relating to health benefit plan coverage for hair prostheses for breast cancer patients.
Status: Introduced

HB 40: Relating to a cap on the monthly price of insulin and insulin supplies.
Status: Left pending in committee (Insurance)

HB 82: Relating to pricing of and health benefit plan cost-sharing requirements for prescription insulin.
Status: In committee (Insurance)

SB 107: Relating to certain claims for benefits, compensation, or assistance by certain public safety employees and survivors of certain public safety employees.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 440: Relating to health benefit coverage for hearing aids for children and adults.
Status: Passed the House

HB 571: Relating to the establishment of a bundled-pricing program to reduce certain health care costs in the state employees group benefits program.
Status: Sent to Calendars

HB 637: Relating to certain claims for benefits, compensation, or assistance by certain public safety employees and survivors of certain public safety employees.
Status: Left pending in committee (Business & Industry)

HB 907: Relating to prior authorization for prescription drug benefits related to the treatment of chronic and autoimmune diseases.
Status: Passed the House

SB 1127: Relating to the eligibility of certain members of the state military forces to participate in the state group benefits program.
Status: In committee (Finance)

HB 1427: Relating to the disclosure of negotiated rates requested by members of the legislature from certain health care vendors that contract with this state.
Status: Passed the House

HB 1722: Relating to the reimbursement and payment of claims for telemedicine medical services and telehealth services under certain health benefit plans.
Status: In committee (Insurance)

HB 1774: Relating to health benefits coverage for certain elected officials.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 2047: Relating to the employment of certain peace officers, detention officers, county jailers, or firefighters who are injured in the course and scope of duty.
Status: In commitee (Business & Industry)

HB 3149: Relating to drug testing and prescription drug policies and certain legal protections for employees and independent contractors of state agencies and political subdivisions and for other persons regarding the medical use of low-THC cannabis and hemp.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

EMPLOYEE PAY AND LEAVE

HB 247: Relating to employment leave for certain family or medical obligations. 
Status: In commitee (International Relations & Economic Development)

HB 284: Relating to requiring certain employers to provide paid leave to employees; providing civil and administrative penalties. 
Status: In commitee (International Relations & Economic Development)

HB 310: Relating to certain claims for benefits, compensation, or assistance by certain public safety employees and survivors of certain public safety employees. 
Status: In commitee (Public Education)

HB 499: Relating to the establishment of the Texas Pay Equity Task Force. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 815: Relating to the monthly amount of longevity pay for state employees. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

SB 983: Relating to legislative leave for certain peace officers commissioned by the Parks and Wildlife Department.
Status: Engrossed

SB 1020: Relating to the reimbursement of state employees for groceries consumed while traveling on official state business.
Status: Committee report sent to Calendars

HB 1021: Relating to the consideration of employee compensation and benefits in establishing the rates of electric utilities. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 1345: Relating to leave for state employees who are volunteers of certain disaster relief organizations.
Status: Laid on table; subject to call

HB 1376: Relating to compensation received by state employees working in certain high injury risk positions.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

SB 1410: Relating to compensation received by state employees working in certain high injury risk positions.
Status: In committee (Health & Human Services)

SB 1660: Relating to payroll deductions for state and local government employee organizations.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 2046: Relating to the reimbursement of state employees for groceries consumed while traveling on official state business.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

SB 2056: Relating to a salary career ladder for certain state employees.
Status: In committee (Finance)

HB 2743: Relating to the salary of certain employees who transfer within a state agency.
Status: Placed on Local & Uncontested Calendar

HB 3216: Relating to legislative leave for certain peace officers commissioned by the Parks and Wildlife Department.
Status: Placed on Local & Uncontested Calendar

HB 3427: Relating to a salary career ladder for certain state employees.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 3609: Relating to the salary reclassification of certain positions with the Parks and Wildlife Department.
Status: In committee (Appropriations)

HB 3997: Relating to the transfer of certain functions relating to state employee leave from the state auditor to the comptroller.
Status: Engrossed

EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM (ERS)

87(1) SB 7: Relating to a one-time supplemental payment of benefits under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Status: Introduced

SJR 22: Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of state funds to pay for the obligations of a local public retirement system.
Status: In committee (Finance)

SJR 53: Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to make certain appropriations to the Employees Retirement System of Texas and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (Finance)

HJR 56: Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for periodic transfers of money from the economic stabilization fund to fully fund the Employees Retirement System of Texas. 
Status: In committee (Appropriations)

HJR 66: Proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal the mandatory age of retirement for state justices and judges.
Status: In committee (Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence)

HJR 73: Proposing a constitutional amendment to increase the minimum amount that the state may contribute to the Employees Retirement System of Texas and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (Appropriations)

87(1) HB 77: Relating to establishing a joint select committee to study the feasibility and sustainability of providing a cost-of-living adjustment applicable to certain benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Status: Introduced

87(1) HB 85: Relating to a one-time supplemental payment of benefits under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Status: Introduced

HJR 138: Proposing a constitutional amendment removing the limit on the state's contribution to the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (Appropriations)

HJR 148: Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to make certain appropriations to the Employees Retirement System of Texas and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (Appropriations)

SB 482: Relating to a biennial study and report by the Employees Retirement System of Texas and Teacher Retirement System of Texas on converting to a defined contribution plan.
Status: In committee (Finance)

SB 620: Relating to the composition of the board of trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: Left pending in committee (Finance)

SB 976: Relating to inclusion of appropriations from the economic stabilization fund to the Employees Retirement System of Texas in certain general appropriations bills prepared by the Legislative Budget Board.
Status: In committee (Finance)

HB 1028: Relating to requiring the Employees Retirement System of Texas to establish a defined contribution plan to provide retirement benefits to certain employees.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

SB 1204: Relating to requiring the inclusion of certain recommendations in reports on the actuarial experience of the Employees Retirement System of Texas and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Status: Left pending in committee

SB 1372: Relating to the evaluation and reporting of investment practices and performance of certain public retirement systems.
Status: Committee report sent to Calendars

HB 1437: Relating to requiring the Employees Retirement System of Texas to establish a hybrid retirement plan to provide retirement benefits to certain employees.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 1438: Relating to requiring the Employees Retirement System of Texas to establish a cash balance retirement plan to provide retirement benefits to certain employees.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 1439: Relating to the payment of certain lump-sum benefits by the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

SB 1621: Relating to the eligibility for a service retirement annuity of certain members and annuitants of a public retirement system convicted of certain felony offenses.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 1657: Relating to prohibiting the investment of assets of the Employees Retirement System of Texas and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas in certain foreign business entities.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 1665: Relating to the development and maintenance by the Employees Retirement System of Texas and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas of an online investment tracking database.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 1847: Relating to certain benefits paid by the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 2186: Relating to the state's contributions to the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (Appropriations)

HB 2187: Relating to the service retirement eligibility and benefits of and contributions to the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 2707: Relating to the state contribution to the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (Appropriations)

HB 2741: Relating to eligibility for a service retirement annuity of members of the elected class of the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 2936: Relating to an optional service retirement annuity of the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: Engrossed

HB 3047: Relating to requiring that deferred compensation plans provided by state agencies or institutions of higher education offer certain types of qualified investment products to employees participating in those plans.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 3393: Relating to the eligibility for custodial officer service in the Employees Retirement System of Texas of juvenile justice officers employed by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 3397: Relating to contributions to the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: Engrossed

HB 3685: Relating to the creation of a work group to undertake a study of the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee

HB 4171: Relating to drug testing members of the legislature to establish or maintain eligibility for membership in the elected class of the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 4307: Relating to coverage for low-THC cannabis under certain group benefit plans for governmental employees.
Status: Sent to Local & Consent Calendar

HB 4534: Relating to a study by the Employees Retirement System of Texas of certain state pension and retirement reforms.
Status: Passed the House

HB 4536: Relating to the consideration of pecuniary factors in certain state investments.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 4566: Relating to granting the State Pension Review Board the authority to enforce certain requirements applicable to public retirement systems.
Status: In committee (PIFs)

HB 4643: Relating to a study by the comptroller to implement a pilot program that establishes a pension revenue enhancement plan for the Employees Retirement System of Texas.
Status: Committee report sent to Local & Consent Calendar

STATE AGENCIES

SB 132: Relating to prohibited retaliation against state or local public employees for reporting certain violations of law. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 188: Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression; providing an administrative penalty. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

SB 233: Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression; providing an administrative penalty. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

SB 240: Relating to authority for certain state employees to work flexible hours and to work from home or other authorized alternative work sites. 
Status: In commitee (Natural Resources & Economic Development)

HB 264: Relating to establishment of an employee grievance procedure for the Health and Human Services Commission and Department of Family and Protective Services.
Status: In committee (Human Services)

SB 345: Relating to state agency and local government compliance with cybersecurity training requirements.
Status: In committee (Finance)

HB 391: Relating to authority for certain state employees to work flexible hours and to work from home or other authorized alternative work sites.
Status: Placed on General State Calendar

HB 550: Relating to prohibited retaliation against state or local public employees for reporting certain violations of law. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 1208: Relating to a state employment preference for certain children of veterans with a disability.
Status: Passed the House

HB 1251: Relating to protection for public employees who report violations of law by governmental entities or other public employees; creating a criminal offense.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 1983: Relating to statewide preparedness and long-term recovery strategies for certain issues arising from a pandemic or other disaster.
Status: In commitee (Homeland Security & Public Safety)

HB 2189: Relating to state contracts with and investments in companies that boycott certain energy companies.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 3658: Relating to state agency contracting and state employees, officers, contractors, and other persons involved with the contracting.
Status: In Calendars Committee

STATE HOLIDAYS

HB 36: Relating to abolishing Confederate Heroes Day. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

87(1) HB 58: Relating to the designation of certain election days as state holidays.
Status: Introduced

HB 66: Relating to the designation of certain election days as state holidays. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

87(1) HB 86: Relating to the designation of certain election days as state holidays. 
Status: Introduced

SB 128: Relating to the creation and elimination of certain state holidays. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 219: Relating to abolishing Confederate Heroes Day. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 371: Relating to the designation of the day after the Super Bowl as a state holiday. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 596: Relating to the designation of certain election days as state holidays. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 736: Relating to the closure of state agencies and institutions of higher education on Juneteenth. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 904: Relating to the designation of certain election days as state holidays. 
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 1198: Relating to the designation of Sam Houston Day as a state holiday.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 1231: Relating to the designation of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as optional holidays.
Status: Engrossed

HB 2067: Relating to the creation and elimination of certain state holidays.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

HB 2157: Relating to the designation of Women's Equality Day as a state holiday.
Status: In commitee (State Affairs)

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