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Transportation Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact transportation for people with disabilities in Texas.

Transportation

Transportation Bills (Telicon Report 5/17/2017)
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 837Alma AllenRelating to notice provided to persons with disabilities regarding the eligibility of persons with disabilities to use certain public transportation services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require public transportation providers to notify people with disabilities of their rights under federal law to be eligible for complimentary paratransit services as a visitor in another service area.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-21-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Transportation
HB 1434Ron SimmonsRelating to displaying certain informational materials and videos in driver's license offices.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require TxDoT to display informational materials and videos on driving with autism developed by an appropriate entity, as determined by TxDoT.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-16-17 G Sent to the Governor
HB 1790Joe PickettRelating to revoked disabled parking placards.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow a person for whom an accessible parking placard was seized to simply reapply rather than the current process which requires a hearing to determine whether the revocation should continue or the placard should be returned to the person.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-12-17 S Passed on local calendar (Vote: Y: 31/N: 0)
HB 2501Larry PhillipsRelating to insurance requirements for certain non-emergency medical transportation.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow non-emergency medical transportation to be included in the services provided under contract by Transportation Network Companies like Uber/Lyft.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-15-17 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar
HB 2979Stephanie KlickRelating to the punishment for certain offenses involving parking in a space designated for persons with disabilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow the court to order a person who commits a first offense involving a parking space reserved for people with disabilities to: 1) perform community service at a non-profit organization that serves people with disabilities; 2) perform community service that makes them aware of the needs and obstacles faced by people with disabilities; and 3) attend an educational class on disability awareness and accessible parking.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-22-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Transportation
HB 3146Mary GonzalezRelating to a pilot program for providing services to certain children under the Medicaid medical transportation program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require HHSC to implement a multi-region pilot for eligible children to receive medical transportation program services and provide reimbursement for those services. The child would be eligible for inclusion in this program if: 1) the child's mother is a recipient of Medicaid during a pregnancy; 2) the child's mother uses medical transportation program services to travel to and from a covered health care service related to the pregnancy, including postpartum care; and 3) regardless of whether the child is a recipient of Medicaid.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-17-17 H Committee action pending House Human Services
HB 3583John KuempelRelating to operators of motor vehicles who use temporary disabled parking placards.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require a person using a temporary accessible parking placard to, on request of a peace officer, provide written evidence of the disability of the driver or passenger for whom the placard was issued.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-20-17 H Committee action pending House Transportation
HB 4137Dewayne BohacRelating to the availability of parking spaces at certain facilities for persons with a disability.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require certain health facilities to have a "sufficient" number of van-accessible parking spaces. Administrative penalties would be assessed at not more than $1,000 a day.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-31-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
SB 176Charles SchwertnerRelating to the regulation of transportation network companies; requiring an occupational permit; authorizing a fee.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber/Lyft to obtain a permit and pay annual fees between $10,000 and $125,000 to oper ate. Would require TNCs to conduct background checks on drivers, limit a driver's moving violations, and exclude drivers listed on the sex offender registry. Would prohibit discrimination and extra charges for riders with disabilities and riders with service animals. Does not explicitly require TNCs to operate fleet of accessible vehicles, nor does it require TNC drivers to adhere to similar paratransit procedures for assisting passengers with disabilities.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-14-17 S Committee action pending Senate Business and Commerce
SB 361Robert NicholsRelating to transportation network companies.
no datano dataRemarks: Would provide comprehensive state regulation of the TNC industry, including insurance, fares, identification of drivers and vehicles, methods of payment and receipt, national criminal background checks, bars to employment, passenger behavior, intoxication, and nondiscrimination and accessibility.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-22-17 S Reported favorably from committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 402Judith ZaffiriniRelating to notice provided to persons with disabilities regarding the eligibility of persons with disabilities to use certain public transportation services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require, as practicable within available resources, public transportation providers to notify individuals with disabilities that they are entitled to use another provider's services for up to 21 days without another application.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-15-17 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar
SB 1051Kirk WatsonRelating to the accommodation of a deaf or hard of hearing student in driver education.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to create a driver education course for children and adults in American Sign Language.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-18-17 H Set on the House Calendar
SB 1685Eddie LucioRelating to specialty license plates or stickers for motor vehicles of persons with intellectual disabilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow a person with an intellectual disability to pay to put a sticker on their car's license plate identifying the driver as a person with an intellectual disability. Would also require officer training about how to interact with drivers with an intellectual disability.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-22-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Transportation
SB 2157Judith ZaffiriniRelating to parking privileges for people with disabilities; authorizing a fee; amending dismissal procedures for a criminal offense.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow a judge to waive a parking fine if a person agrees to take an accessible parking course. Would allow the issuance of only one parking placard, with exceptions made for children or fully-dependent adults, to a person who has a temporary disability or a person with a permanent disability who has a specialty license. People who would not qualify for a second placard would have the ability to request an additional placard at a higher cost. Would require notification about how to properly use the disabled parking placard.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-29-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Transportation

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