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Miscellaneous Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact people with disabilities in Texas.


Miscellaneous Bills (Telicon Report 1/25/2017)
HB 468Oscar LongoriaRelating to a restriction on certain accommodations in accessible hotel and motel guest rooms.
no datano dataRemarks: Would specify the height of beds in accessible hotel rooms, and would authorize a civil penalty between $500 to $5,000, depending on the number of violations.
no datano dataHistory: 11/29/2016 H Filed
HB 679Gene WuRelating to prohibiting the use of a mechanical or physical restraint on a child during a judicial proceeding in the juvenile court.
no datano dataRemarks: Would ban the use of heavy mechanical shackles on children unless the use of mechanical restraint is specifically ordered by a judge.
no datano dataHistory: 12/21/2016 H Filed
HB 689Gene WuRelating to the determination of intellectual disability for children in foster care.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require Child Protective Services to assess a child for developmental or intellectual disability only once while in foster care, and if suspected of a disability, would require determination before the child's 16th birthday (or as soon as possible if the child is over 16).
no datano dataHistory: 12/21/2016 H Filed
HB 996Giovanni CapriglioneRelating to the regulation of business entities that provide assistance animals.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require businesses selling or donating service animals to provide one-on-one training (at least 30 hours over 90 days), a wellness verification from a veterinarian, a residential facility for stays of at least 10 days while receiving training, passing score on the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test (an obedience class for pets), and follow-up services for the life of the animal. Would also authorize a civil penalty of $500 for each violation, recoverable by the attorney general, and civil liability in the amount paid for the service animal.
no datano dataHistory: 1/12/2017 H Filed
SB 25Brandon CreightonRelating to eliminating the wrongful birth cause of action.
no datano dataRemarks: Would prohibit a cause of action based on the claim that if medical information had been disclosed timely the person would not have been permitted to have been born alive but would have been terminated.
no datano dataHistory: 11/21/2016 S Filed
SB 296Chuy HinojosaRelating to the liability of the state for a violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
no datano dataRemarks: Would prohibit state government from claiming immunity in a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA,) while also limiting the potential amount of damages that can be awarded to state employees who prove a claim of employment discrimination under the ADA. 
no datano dataHistory: 12/14/2016 S Filed
SB 377Charles PerryRelating to the Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require rule modification such that the Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program to allow for the Program to be administered under contract by a consortium of states, and for its advisory board to delegate asset allocation and investments to an approved bank, another state, or a consortium of states.
no datano dataHistory: 12/20/2016 S Filed
SB 397Lois KolkhorstRelating to the composition of the governing bodies of and the consultation policies of local mental health authorities with respect to local law enforcement agencies.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require that local mental health authorities consult with representatives from local law enforcement regarding use of available funds by either including a representative in the authority's governing board or holding official consultation with local law enforcement.
no datano dataHistory: 12/21/2016 S Filed
SB 428Jose RodriguezRelating to the waiver of state park, museum, and other state-operated facility entrance fees for persons with certain disabilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow people with a physical, mental, intellectual, or developmental disability and a paid personal attendant to have free admission to state parks, museums or other state operated facilities.
no datano dataHistory: 1/6/2017 S Filed