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Fire protection-related legislation, 2015
(84th Legislative Session)

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection is providing this list of fire protection-related bills for informational purposes only. The agency staff does not advocate or take a position for or against any proposed legislation. (If you see a bill that may be of interest to the Texas fire service, please let us know. Thanks!)

Pre-filing of bills began on November 10, 2014. The 84th Legislative Session began January 13, 2015.

The Texas Legislative Council has published an informative guide to the legislative process in Texas.

Bills directly affecting Chapter 419

Note: Texas Government Code Chapter 419 is the commission's governing statute.
Last update: June 22, 2015


Senate
Bill number Author Caption Bill stage
SB 208 Campbell Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Workforce Commission. Signed by Governor

Other fire protection-related bills

House
Bill number Author Caption Bill stage
HB 239 Springer Relating to storage of flammable liquids at retail service stations in unincorporated areas and certain municipalities. Effective immediately
HB 479 Bell Relating to transfer of the regional emergency medical dispatch resource centers program to the Commission on State Emergency Communications. Effective
9/1/15
HB 801 King, Ken Relating to planning for the use of and liability resulting from prescribed burns by the Parks and Wildlife Department. Effective immediately
HB 1094 Geren Relating to workers' compensation death benefit eligibility for certain spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty. Effective
9/1/15
HB 1150 White, James Relating to the sale of fireworks on and before certain holidays. Effective
9/1/15
HB 1278 Hughes Relating to the amount of financial assistance paid to the survivors of certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other public employees killed in the line of duty. Effective
9/1/15
HB 1338 Naishtat Relating to training for peace officers and first responders on acquired and traumatic brain injuries. Effective
9/1/15
HB 1388 Bohac Relating to certain diseases or illnesses suffered by firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Effective immediately
HB 1666 Bonnen, Dennis Relating to the liability of certain persons for damages arising from training exercises to prepare the persons to respond to certain emergencies. Effective
9/1/15
HB 1707 Stephenson Relating to the methods by which a political subdivision may submit contributions to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System. Effective
9/1/15
HB 1725 Stephenson Relating to the composition of local boards of the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System. Effective immediately
HB 1756 Rodriguez, Eddie Relating to the board of trustees of and distribution of certain benefits by a retirement system for firefighters in certain municipalities. Effective
9/1/15
HB 1790 Márquez Relating to job performance on behalf of a fire fighter or police officer during illness or injury. Effective
9/1/15
HB 2000 Gutierrez Relating to the purchase of certain commodity items by an entity other than a state agency. Effective
9/1/15
HB 2020 Martinez, "Mando" Relating to the scope of duties of an emergency medical technician-paramedic and a licensed paramedic. Effective immediately
HB 2038 Geren Relating to legal representation for certain emergency services districts. Effective immediately
HB 2119 Lozano Relating to charitable organizations, including charitable organizations that may conduct prescribed burning. Effective
9/1/15
HB 2257 White, James Relating to characteristics of certain emergency services districts that are exempted from filing an audit report. Effective
9/1/15
HB 2498 Zerwas Relating to a compact with other states regarding the licensure of emergency medical services personnel and the authority of those personnel to perform job duties in this state and other states. Effective
9/1/15
HB 2519 Coleman Relating to expenditures made by emergency services districts and the sale of district property. Effective
9/1/15
HB 2646 Giddings Relating to the disclosure of information regarding communicable diseases to first responders and certain entities. Effective
9/1/15
HB 2771 Martinez, "Mando" Relating to employment activities of certain emergency response personnel for purposes of the Texas Workers' Compensation Act. Effective
9/1/15
HB 2827 Phillips Relating to the definition of homeland security activity for emergency management purposes. Effective immediately
HB 2828 Phillips Relating to background checks for certain municipal and county employees and volunteers. Effective
9/1/15
HB 2883 Simmons Relating to the addition of territory to a crime control and prevention district and to a fire control, prevention, and emergency medical services district. Effective immediately
HB 2950 Klick Relating to the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. Effective immediately
HB 3089 Galindo Relating to fire protection sprinkler systems in residential high-rise buildings; creating a criminal offense. Effective
9/1/15
HB 3618 Isaac Relating to prohibiting camping and building fires in certain areas; creating a criminal offense. Effective
9/1/15
HB 3666 Workman Relating to the withdrawal of the territory of an emergency services district from the territory of a metropolitan rapid transit authority. Effective
9/1/15
HB 3668 Workman Relating to the definition of peace officer for purposes of intercepting or collecting information in relation to certain communications in an investigation conducted by an arson investigating unit. Effective immediately

Senate
Bill number Author Caption Bill stage
SB 31 Zaffirini Relating to the authority of certain volunteer firefighter and emergency services organizations to hold tax-free sales or auctions. Effective immediately
SB 200 Nelson Relating to the continuation and functions of the Health and Human Services Commission and the provision of health and human services in this state. Signed by Governor
SB 202 Nelson Relating to the Department of State Health Services, the provision of health services in this state, and the regulation of certain health-related occupations and activities. Signed by Governor
SB 219 Schwertner Relating to the provision of health and human services in this state, including the powers and duties of the Health and Human Services Commission and other state agencies, and the licensing of certain health professionals; clarifying certain statutory provisions; authorizing the imposition of fees. Effective immediately
SB 570 Estes Relating to the use of fireworks at certain Texas Department of Transportation rest areas; providing a penalty. Effective
9/1/15
SB 761 Creighton Relating to the taxation of fireworks. Effective
9/1/15
SB 788 Eltife Relating to requiring direct access to 9-1-1 service from certain telephone systems and Internet Protocol services. Effective immediately
SB 807 Campbell Relating to occupational license application and examination fees for certain military service members, military veterans, and military spouses. Effective
9/1/15
SB 904 Hinojosa Relating to exempting emergency preparation supplies from the sales and use tax for a limited period. Effective
9/1/15
SB 1105 Eltife Relating to fire inspections by the state fire marshal for state-owned and state-leased buildings. Effective immediately
SB 1108 Lucio Relating to the creation of regional emergency communication districts; authorizing a fee. Effective
9/1/15
SB 1129 Zaffirini Relating to the transportation of a person with a mental illness. Effective immediately
SB 1307 Menéndez Relating to occupational licenses for military service members, military veterans, and military spouses. Effective
9/1/15
SB 1453 Zaffirini Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to propose a fire control, prevention, and emergency medical services district. Effective immediately
SB 1465 Watson Relating to creating limited purpose disaster declaration authority for the Governor. Effective immediately
SB 1510 Hancock Relating to authority of the county auditor to examine the records of certain special districts. Effective
9/1/15
SB 1574 Uresti Relating to emergency response employees or volunteers and others exposed or potentially exposed to certain diseases or parasites. Effective
9/1/15
SB 1593 Lucio Relating to regulation of fireworks by certain municipalities. Effective
9/1/15
SB 1899 Campbell Relating to the scope of duties of an emergency medical technician-paramedic and a licensed paramedic. Effective immediately