Bill filings begin: What did your representative file?

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The 85th Texas Legislative Session opened Monday and bill filings have commenced!

KETK has gathered all the bills filed by East Texas representatives on the first day. You can find them listed below with a short synopsis.

We’ve also included hyperlinks to all the bills submitted.

House Representative Matt Schaefer

HB 87 – Relating to the regulation of abortion procedures.

HB 144 – Relating to electronic reporting requirements for an abortion facility.

HB 148 – Relating to electronic benefits transfer cards used for recipients of benefits under certain assistance programs.

HB 153 – Relating to the authority of a municipality to regulate occupations.

HB 155 – Relating to the state’s burden of proof in certain asset forfeiture proceedings under the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Senator Robert Nichols


SB 172 – Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.

SB 175 – Relating to the eligibility of land owned by certain members of the armed services of the United States for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.

SB 197 –  Relating to the authority of general-law municipalities to restrict sex offenders from child safety zones in the municipality.

SJR 19 – Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes to 105 percent or less of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year and to permit the voters of a county to establish a higher limitation not to exceed 110 percent on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead in the county.

House Representative Dan Flynn

HB 43 – Relating to the public retirement systems of certain municipalities.

HB 45 – Relating to the application of foreign laws and foreign forum selection in this state.

HB 56 – Relating to the carrying of a handgun by a first responder engaged in the actual discharge of the first responder’s duties.

HB 57 – Relating to the regulation of raw milk and raw milk products.

HB 74 – Relating to the Texas Balance of Powers Act.

HB 75 – Relating to the education and examination requirements for pharmacy technicians.

HB 83 – Relating to a fee waiver for a combination resident hunting and fishing license for certain military personnel.

HB 95 – Relating to daylight saving time.

HB 206 – Relating to the Texas Veterans Land Board.

All bills are currently in stage one and must pass a seven stage process before becoming law.

1. Bill Filing

2. Out of House Committee

3. Voted on by House

4. Out of Senate Committee

5. Voted on by Senate

6. Governor Action

7. Bill Becomes Law

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