86th Legislative Session Bill of the Week

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For this weekly feature, we highlight a noteworthy bill that is currently going through the legislative process. The bill may relate directly to TCDD’s Public Policy Priorities or another disability-related issue. To get this information first, subscribe to TCDD eNews.

 

  • Texas Legislative News: May 10, 2021 - In the session's waning days, lawmakers will discuss some proposed bills in formal meetings rather than public hearings, making it an important time for advocates to contact their legislators.
  • Bill of the Week: SB 54 - SB 54 would study the best practices for assisting higher education students with autism. The bill was authored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini.
  • Texas Legislative News: May 3, 2021 - With the regular session concluding at the end of the month, learn what lawmakers mean when they refer to a “vehicle” or a “Christmas tree.” Also, see some of the hearings we’re monitoring this week.
  • Bill of the Week: HB 2309 - HB 2309 would provide an educational parking course as a penalty for accessible parking violations. The bill was authored by Rep. Alex Dominguez.
  • Texas Legislative News: April 26, 2021 - Lawmakers continue to work on the state's next two-year budget while several legislative deadlines approach.
  • Bill of the Week: HB 2831 - HB 2831 would create an advisory committee on the confinement of individuals with IDD in county jails. The bill was authored by Rep. James White.
  • Texas Legislative News: Special Update on House Budget: April 20, 2021 - A preview of the House budget debate, including pre-filed disability-related amendments.
  • Texas Legislative News: April 19, 2021 - The House is set to take up its version of the state budget, plus hearings to watch.
  • Bill of the Week: HB 2256 - HB 2256 would create a bilingual special education certification for teachers. The bill was authored by Rep. Bobby Guerra.
  • Texas Legislative News: April 12, 2021 - The Texas Senate approved its version of the state's next two-year budget, which included funding to reduce interest lists and boost technology for IDD service providers.
  • Bill of the Week: HB 797 - HB 797 would allow home health nurses to administer any FDA-approved vaccines. The bill was authored by Rep. Donna Howard.
  • Texas Legislative News: April 5, 2021 - Both the Texas House and Senate are considering legislation that could impact ballot access across the state, particularly for voters with disabilities.
  • Bill of the Week: HB 2107 - HB 2107 would allow outpatient services for children who are unable to proceed in juvenile court proceedings due to an intellectual disability. The bill was authored by Rep. Gene Wu.
  • Texas Legislative News: March 29, 2021 - Tensions flare at the Capitol over election issues, plus hearings to watch.
  • Bill of the Week: SB 89 - SB 89 would require schools to provide an IEP supplement for students enrolled in special education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was authored by Sen. José Menéndez.
  • Texas Legislative News: March 22, 2021 - As the 87th regular session reaches its halfway point, weekly committee hearings continue in the House and Senate on important disability-related legislation.
  • Bill of the Week HB 119 - HB 119 would prohibit organ transplant recipient discrimination based on a person’s disability. The bill was authored by Rep. Brooks Landgraf.
  • Texas Legislative News: March 15, 2021 - As the deadline passes for lawmakers to file bills, you can read about important committee hearings this week and test your knowledge of all things legislative with our 87th Session Legislative Quiz.
  • Bill of the Week HB 892 - HB 892 would enable residents of long-term care facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation. The bill was authored by Rep. James Frank.
  • Texas Legislative News: March 8, 2021 - Legislative committees are now meeting at the Texas State Capitol.
  • Bill of the Week: SB 776 - SB 776 would create an adaptive sports program for students with disabilities. The bill was authored by Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.
  • Texas Legislative News: March 1, 2021 - After the winter storm, the Texas Legislature is starting to heat up.
  • Bill of the Week: HB 412 - HB 412 would create a low-interest loan program for entrepreneurs with physical and mental disabilities. The bill was authored by Rep. Terry Meza.
  • Bill of the Week: HB 908 - HB 908 would require private health insurance plans to cover early childhood intervention services. The bill was authored by Rep. Julie Johnson.
  • Texas Legislative News: Feb. 8, 2021 - Gov. Greg Abbott released his list of emergency items, and the Texas House set its committee appointments.
  • Bill of the Week: SB 50 - SB 50 would develop a competitive integrated employment initiative for working-age adults with disabilities. The bill was authored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini.
  • Texas Legislative News: Feb. 1, 2021 - Gov. Greg Abbott will give his State of the State address this week, and TCDD will host a Disability Policy Academy on COVID-19 on Feb. 16.
  • Bill of the Week: HB 24 - HB 24 would distribute funds to school districts for playgrounds that are inclusive and accessible for students with disabilities. The bill was authored by Rep. Alex Dominguez.
  • Texas Legislative News: Jan. 25, 2021 - The Senate’s committee appointments were set, and lawmakers released preliminary drafts of the state budget as the legislative session wrapped up its second week.
  • Bill of the Week: HB 168 - HB 168 would prevent child care providers from discriminating on the basis of disability and improve services for children with special needs. The bill was authored by Rep. Mary González.
  • Texas Legislative News: Jan. 19, 2021 - During the first week of the session, the House and Senate approved rules on legislative procedure, public testimony, and COVID-19 testing for lawmakers and visitors to the Capitol building.
  • Texas Legislative News: Jan. 11, 2021 - This week, we kick off our legislative updates with a preview of the first days of the session and provide information on our upcoming Disability Policy Academy.
  • Stay Informed This Legislative Session - The Texas Legislature begins on Jan. 12, 2021. TCDD will provide weekly updates on legislative news and bills that relate to disability issues.