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Fire protection-related legislation, 2017
(85th 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 begins November 14, 2016. The 85th Legislative Session begins January 10, 2017.

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

Last update: June 16, 2017

Bills directly affecting Chapter 419

Note: Texas Government Code Chapter 419 is the commission's governing statute.

Senate
Bill number Author Caption Bill stage
SB 580 Estes Relating to the licensure or certification of volunteer firefighters and members of industrial emergency response teams. No action taken in committee
House
HB 1009 Alonzo Relating to the regulation of firefighters and fire departments by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Corrected comm. report printed and distributed
HB 1510 Isaac Relating to the transfer of certain functions related to emergency services districts from the Department of Agriculture to the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 1958 Springer Relating to the licensure or certification of volunteer firefighters and members of industrial emergency response teams. Left pending in committee

Other fire protection-related bills

Senate
Bill number Author Caption Bill stage
SB 13 Huffman Relating to payroll deductions for state and local government employee organizations. Referred to State Affairs
SB 15 Huffines Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. Signed by the Governor
SB 237 Menéndez Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain employees of fire protection sprinkler system contractors; providing a penalty; imposing a fee; requiring occupational licenses. Referred to Business and Commerce
SB 344 West Relating to the authority of a licensed paramedic to transport a person for emergency detention. Effective immediately
SB 351 Watson Relating to the creation and administration of a disaster recovery fund. Referred to Finance
SB 369 Garcia Relating to the right of a public employee to representation in certain internal investigatory interviews. Referred to Natural Resources and Economic Development
SB 408 Watson Relating to the definition of a governmental body for the purposes of the public information law. Referred to Government Transparency and Operation
SB 446 Burton Relating to the acceptance or expenditure of federal funds by a political subdivision. Left pending in committee
SB 517 Garcia Relating to the compensation and per diem compensation of emergency services commissioners in certain counties. Not again placed on intent calendar
SB 572 Menéndez Relating to a feasibility study and report by the Texas Division of Emergency Management regarding the use of United States Postal Service employees, resources, and assets during a declared disaster. Referred to Natural Resources and Economic Development
SB 760 Menéndez Relating to county authority to regulate fireworks. Left pending in committee
SB 772 Uresti Relating to the authority of a code enforcement officer when performing official duties to possess or carry an instrument used for deterring the bite of an animal. Committee report sent to Calendars
SB 782 Campbell Relating to the ownership and local regulation of trees and timber. Referred to Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs
SB 783 Hinojosa Relating to the disclosure restrictions on personnel files of police officers of municipalities that have adopted certain civil service laws. Referred to Criminal Justice
SB 898 Bettencourt Relating to the ownership and local regulation of trees and timber.. Referred to Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs
SB 899 Huffman Relating to increasing the punishment for an offense committed against a person because of the person's status as a peace officer, a firefighter, or emergency medical services personnel. Referred to Criminal Justice
SB 936 Huffman Relating to the creation of a joint interim committee to undertake a study of the public retirement systems of this state. Committee report sent to Calendars
SB 960 Nichols Relating to the regulation of prescribed burning by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Referred to Natural Resources and Economic Development
SB 1024 Nelson Relating to the use of certain lighting equipment on airport security vehicles. Effective on 9/1/17
SB 1036 Perry Relating to the designation of a liaison to assist first responders with workers' compensation claims. Referred to Business and Commerce
SB 1049 Uresti Relating to safety requirements of assisted living facilities. Effective on 9/1/17
SB 1064 Nichols Relating to volunteer firefighter supervision of outdoor burning of waste consisting of plant growth. Left pending in committee
SB 1069 Hughes Relating to certain claims for benefits or compensation by survivors of fire fighters. Referred to State Affairs
SB 1082 Burton Relating to the ownership and local regulation of trees and timber. Referred to Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs
SB 1117 Creighton Relating to the offense of failure to comply with an order from a fire marshal and the authority of certain county employees to issue citations for certain violations. Referred to County Affairs
SB 1351 Watson Relating to allowing the placement and maintenance of traffic-control signals in municipalities to permit emergency vehicles to safely enter a highway. No action taken in committee
SB 1408 Huffines Relating to the carrying of a handgun by certain first responders and volunteer emergency services personnel. Committee report sent to Calendars
SB 1471 Seliger Relating to the establishment of the emergency medical services assistance program. Referred to Health and Human Services
SB 1559 Taylor, Larry Relating to a fee exemption for guardianship proceedings of certain military servicemembers and certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders. Effective on 9/1/17
SB 1563 Kolkhorst Relating to audits of the fiscal accounts and records of emergency services districts. Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
SB 1722 Whitmire Relating to the eligibility of a firefighter or a peace officer for workers' compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. Referred to Business and Commerce
SB 1727 Birdwell Relating to the procedure for an election to adopt a sales and use tax or to change the tax rate in an emergency services district. Effective immediately
SB 1759 Campbell Relating to fire protection sprinkler systems in residential high-rise buildings in certain municipalities. Referred to Business and Commerce
SB 1793 Menéndez Relating to complaints filed against certain law enforcement officers, peace officers, detention officers, county jailers, and fire fighters. Not again placed on intent calendar
SB 1878 Menéndez Relating to the service plan for the annexation by certain municipalities of territory included in an emergency services district. Effective on 9/1/17
SB 1896 Perry Relating to the requirements for and inspection of a retail fireworks site. Referred to Business and Commerce
SB 1897 Perry Relating to the declaration of a local state of disaster. Placed on General State Calendar
SB 1961 Lucio Relating to the relationship between public employers and fire and police employees. Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
SB 2037 Zaffirini Relating to a request for 9-1-1 services by text message. Referred to Business and Commerce


House
Bill number Author Caption Bill stage
HB 41 White Relating to the sale of fireworks on and before the Juneteenth holiday. Returned to Local and Consent Calendars Comm
HB 56 Flynn Relating to the carrying of a handgun by a first responder engaged in the actual discharge of the first responder's duties. Considered in Calendars
HB 91 White Relating to a review of occupational licensing requirements related to an applicant's criminal history. Effective immediately
HB 135 Krause Relating to reporting by political subdivisions regarding the receipt or expenditure of federal funds. Referred to Appropriations
HB 267 Hernandez Relating to the compensation and per diem compensation of emergency services commissioners in certain counties. Referred to County Affairs
HB 312 Johnson, Jarvis Relating to the creation and administration of a disaster recovery fund. Referred to Appropriations
HB 357 Huberty Relating to the eligibility of the children of certain first responders for free prekindergarten programs in public schools. Effective immediately
HB 359 Cyrier Relating to the motor vehicle sales tax imposed on the purchase, rental, or use of certain emergency services vehicles. Left pending in committee
HB 364 Huberty Relating to exemptions for disabled peace officers and fire fighters from payment of tuition and fees at public institutions of higher education. Referred to Higher Education
HB 412 Huberty Relating to regulation of the retail sale of fireworks. Referred to State Affairs
HB 429 Villalba Relating to increasing the punishment for an offense committed against a person because of the person's status as a peace officer, a firefighter, or emergency medical services personnel. Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence
HB 435 King, Ken Relating to the application of certain weapons laws to and liability for certain actions of volunteer emergency services personnel licensed to carry a handgun. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 451 Moody Relating to waiver of immunity in certain employment discrimination actions in connection with a workers' compensation claim. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 473 Moody Relating to the employment of certain peace officers, detention officers, county jailers, or firefighters who are injured in the course and scope of duty. Referred to Business and Commerce
HB 510 Davis, Sarah Relating to payroll deductions for state and local government employee organizations. Referred to State Affairs
HB 554 White Relating to the sale of fireworks on and before the Labor Day holiday. Returned to Local and Consent Calendars Comm.
HB 570 Button Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. Left pending in committee
HB 590 Bohac Relating to the liability of first responders who provide roadside assistance. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 765 Shaheen Relating to requiring political subdivisions to participate in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program or E-verify. Referred to State Affairs
HB 786 VanDeaver Relating to the prohibition of certain employment discrimination regarding an employee who is a volunteer emergency responder. Postponed
HB 793 Capriglione Relating to the definition of a governmental body for the purposes of the public information law. Left pending in committee
HB 809 VanDeaver Relating to prohibiting the use of an electronic device to film or photograph a traffic accident; creating an offense. Referred to Transportation
HB 919 Kacal Relating to workers' compensation insurance coverage for certain intrastate fire mutual aid system team members and regional incident management team members. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 920 Kacal Relating to the operation of all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 982 Wray Relating to the carrying of a handgun by a first responder engaged in the actual discharge of the first responder's duties. Referred to Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 1055 Burkett Relating to a limitation on the amount of certain licensing fees charged by state agencies. Referred to Business and Commerce
HB 1091 Murr Relating to liability arising from certain prescribed burning activity. Referred to Natural Resources
HB 1099 Canales Relating to a residential tenant's right to summon police or other emergency assistance. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 1148 Davis, Sarah Relating to emergency medical services and trauma care systems. Removed from local and uncontested calendar
HB 1183 Roberts Relating to the prohibition by counties of the use of fireworks during certain hours; creating a criminal offense. Failed to pass to engrossment
HB 1223 Murr Relating to the operation and movement of authorized emergency vehicles. Senate received from House
HB 1226 Herrero Relating to exemption of certain firefighters and police officers from jury service. Placed on General State Calendar
HB 1236 Martinez, "Mando" Relating to the operation of a motor vehicle in the vicinity of an unprotected road user; creating a criminal offense. Referred to Transportation
HB 1249 Goldman Relating to a prohibition of certain motor vehicles resembling emergency medical services vehicles; creating a criminal offense. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 1332 Parker Relating to the exemption of certain entities that operate ambulances from certain motor fuel taxes. Left pending in committee
HB 1337 Leach Relating to the carrying or storage of a handgun by a firefighter at the fire station to which the firefighter is assigned. Referred to Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 1355 Wray Relating to the enforcement of commercial motor vehicle safety standards in certain municipalities. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 1407 Sheffield Relating to the establishment of the emergency medical services assistance program. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 1417 Rinaldi Relating to the sale of fireworks during and before the Diwali holiday. Committee report sent to Calendars
HB 1502 Murphy Relating to certain local public retirement systems. Referred to Pensions
HB 1509 Isaac Relating to the election of board members of certain emergency services districts. Referred to County Affairs
HB 1570 Burns Relating to the enforcement of commercial motor vehicle safety standards in certain municipalities. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 1572 Workman Relating to a property owner's right to remove a tree or vegetation that the owner believes poses a fire risk. Placed on General State Calendar
HB 1588 Lozano Relating to exemption of certain firefighters and police officers from jury service. Referred to Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
HB 1598 Martinez, "Mando" Relating to the establishment of the disaster identification system for a state of disaster. Referred to Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 1611 VanDeaver Relating to the use of warning devices by stationary authorized emergency vehicles. Left pending in committee
HB 1619 Shine Relating to the prosecution and punishment of certain outdoor burning violations. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 1654 Oliverson Relating to the offense of failure to comply with an order from a fire marshal and the authority of certain county employees to issue citations for certain violations. Placed on General State Calendar
HB 1688 Burrows Relating to the designation of a liaison to assist law enforcement personnel with workers' compensation claims. Referred to Business and Industry
HB 1689 Burrows Relating to liability of certain governmental entities in certain workers' compensation actions. Left pending in committee
HB 1789 Pickett Relating to motor vehicle size and weight limitations. Placed on General State Calendar
HB 1794 Bell Relating to the establishment of the Work Group on Mental Health Access for First Responders. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 1837 Springer Relating to the authority of counties to require a person to notify a local governmental entity before starting an outdoor fire; creating a criminal penalty. Senate received from House
HB 1919 Raymond Relating to increasing the punishment for an offense committed against a person because of bias or prejudice on the basis of service as a peace officer, a firefighter, or emergency medical services personnel and to the confidentiality of personal information regarding certain persons who provide that service. Left pending in committee
HB 1922 Rodriguez, Eddie Relating to certain claims for benefits or compensation by survivors of fire fighters. Placed on General State Calendar
HB 1927 Rodriguez, Eddie Relating to an alert system for notification of the release of toxic chemicals by a manufacturing facility. Left pending in committee
HB 1981 Johnson, Eric Relating to the consideration of criminal history record information of applicants for public employment or an occupational license. Referred to Business and Industry
HB 1983 Wray Relating to the eligibility of a firefighter or a peace officer for workers' compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 2013 Ashby Relating to fee waivers for certain hunting and fishing licenses for volunteer firefighters. Referred to Culture, Recreation and Tourism
HB 2037 Button Relating to the promotional system used in certain municipal civil service fire departments. Referred to Urban Affairs
HB 2082 Burrows Relating to the designation of a liaison to assist first responders with workers' compensation claims. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 2119 Kacal Relating to workers' compensation death benefit eligibility for certain spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 2211 Coleman Relating to the qualifications to serve as an emergency services commissioner in certain counties. Referred to Public Health
HB 2288 Gutierrez Relating to regulation of the sale of fireworks by certain municipalities. Referred to Urban Affairs
HB 2351 Nevárez Relating to the investigation of fire fighters employed by certain municipalities and districts. Removed from local and uncontested calendar
HB 2353 King, Tracy O. Relating to the composition of the State Pension Review Board. Left pending in committee
HB 2386 Bailes Relating to volunteer firefighter supervision of outdoor burning of waste consisting of plant growth. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 2416 Schofield Relating to the extraterritorial jurisdiction of and municipal annexation by certain municipalities. Left pending in committee
HB 2524 Fallon Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. Committee report sent to Calendars
HB 2672 Collier Relating to the relationship between public employers and fire and police employees. Committee report sent to Calendars
HB 2685 Martinez, "Mando" Relating to conditions of employment for fire protection personnel of emergency service districts; creating criminal offenses. Left pending in committee
HB 2693 Cain Relating to access to criminal history record information by certain fire departments. Referred to Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 2696 Workman Relating to allowing the placement and maintenance of traffic-control signals in municipalities to permit emergency vehicles to safely enter a highway. Referred to Transportation
HB 2735 Bohac Relating to the carrying of a handgun by certain first responders and volunteer emergency services personnel; providing for a fee. Left pending in committee
HB 2814 Oliverson Relating to the installation and inspection of fire sprinkler protection systems; authorizing fees. Referred to Licensing and Administrative Procedures
HB 3015 King, Tracy O. Relating to vacation leave time accounts for firefighter employee organizations. Senate received from House
HB 3034 Blanco Relating to a waiver of certain licensing fees for military service members, military veterans, and their spouses. Left pending in committee
HB 3056 Meyer Relating to the participation in the Texas Municipal Retirement System of certain employees of certain municipalities subject to the Texas Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 3074 Rodriguez, Eddie Relating to compensation to be paid to an emergency services district for a municipality's annexation of the district's territory. Committee report sent to Calendars
HB 3090 Cyrier Relating to the enforcement of laws prohibiting outdoor burning of waste and combustible material. Referred to Natural Resources and Economic Development
HB 3158 Flynn Relating to the retirement systems for and the provision of other benefits to police and fire fighters in certain municipalities. Effective according to its terms
HB 3162 Bonnen, Greg Relating to the duty of an excavator to notify a notification center or to make a 9-1-1 emergency call in response to underground facility damage or an emergency. Referred to Energy Resources
HB 3186 Guillen Relating to certain emergency medical services. Referred to Public Health
HB 3193 Alvarado Relating to the relationship between public employers and fire and police employees. Placed on intent calendar
HB 3203 Fallon Relating to recordings of meetings of certain governmental bodies; creating offenses. Left pending in committee
HB 3214 Gutierrez Relating to the service plan for the annexation by certain municipalities of territory included in an emergency services district. Comm. report sent to Local and Consent Calendar
HB 3391 Geren Relating to the creation of a specialty court for certain public safety employees who commit a criminal offense; imposing fees for participation and testing, counseling, and treatment. Effective on 9/1/17
HB 3454 Wilson Relating to increasing the punishment for certain offenses committed against a federal law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel. Referred to Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 3577 Sheffield Relating to the establishment of the emergency medical services educational program. Referred to Public Health
HB 3625 Cortez Relating to reciprocity standards for certain emergency medical services personnel who served in the United States military. No action taken in committee
HB 3639 Gervin-Hawkins Relating to county authority to regulate fireworks. Placed on General State Calendar
HB 3640 Hunter Relating to the confidentiality of an emergency call. Placed on General State Calendar
HB 3665 Huberty Relating to the definition of volunteer fire department for purposes of certain motor fuel tax exemptions. Referred to Ways and Means
HB 3713 Sheffield Relating to longevity pay for members of fire and police departments in certain counties. Referred to Urban Affairs
HB 3906 Frullo Relating to the declaration of a local state of disaster. Comm. report sent to Local and Consent Calendar
HB 3907 Frullo Relating to the requirements for and inspection of a retail fireworks site. Effective immediately
HB 3957 Stickland Relating to reimbursement of costs incurred by political subdivisions for emergency services provided on toll projects operated by private entities. Referred to Transportation
HB 4238 Flynn Relating to the public retirement systems of certain municipalities. Referred to Pensions
HB 4257 Walle Relating to constitutional allocations of money for emergency medical services and trauma care systems. Referred to Appropriations