Employment Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact employment and higher education for people with disabilities in Texas.

Employment Bill — Passed

Employment bill passed during the 85th Texas Legislature
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
SB 2027Jose RodriguezRelating to a study to evaluate by region training and employment opportunities in this state for individuals with an intellectual disability.
no datano dataRemarks: Requires the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and TWC to inventory occupational training programs for people with intellectual disabilities by region, with a report due by December 1, 2018. The report will determine where programs need improvement or expansion and develop strategies to place trainees in fulfilling jobs.
no datano dataLast Action: 09-01-17 G Earliest effective date

Employment Bills — Not Passed

Employment bills not passed during the 85th Texas Legislature
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 1527Ron SimmonsRelating to the consideration of ownership interests of certain persons with disabilities in determining whether a business is a historically underutilized business for purposes of state contracting.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have expanded the definition of historically underutilized business for purposes of state contracting to include persons with a disability.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-03-17 H Reported favorably from committee on House State Affairs
HB 2409John RaneyRelating to wage requirements for community rehabilitation programs participating in the purchasing from people with disabilities program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have prohibited contractors who participate in the purchasing from people with disabilities program from paying subminimum wage to people with disabilities; substitute would have extended TWC timeline and allowed people to transfer to other contractors.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-12-17 S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Develop
HB 2732Eddie Lucio IIIRelating to competitive and integrated employment of persons with disabilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have required a plan to end use of state funds for purchasing services and goods from employers of people with disabilities in subminimum wage settings by September 1, 2024. Would have required a report about employers who pay people with disabilities minimum wage or higher but less than the prevailing wage by September 1, 2018. Would have required TWC to develop individual employment plans for people employed in subminimum wage settings with updates at least annually.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-29-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
SB 455Judith ZaffiriniRelating to the operations of the Employment-First Task Force.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have continued the Employment First Task Force (EFTF) until September 1, 2021, and changed membership to reflect reorganization of HHS agencies. Would have required EFTF to meet at least quarterly and provide guidance and assistance to a state agency implementing its recommendations for policy, procedure, and rule changes.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-23-17 H Failed to pass to third reading (Vote: N: 82/Y: 65)
SB 1111Jose RodriguezRelating to the employment of certain persons with disabilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have required individuals with disabilities who are eligible for supported employment to be given preference in employment by state agencies and other political subdivisions over others who do not have greater qualifications. Would have allowed positions to be designated for people entitled to such employment preference without posting the position.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-07-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce

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