Fire protection-related legislation, 2021
(87TH 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!)

Last update: 4/19/2021

Learn more about each bill here.

Bills directly affecting Chapter 419 are highlighted in pink in the chart below.

Note: Texas Government Code Chapter 419 is the commissions governing statute

Bill Type

Bill Number

Author

Caption

Bill Stage

HB 582 Cole Relating to the exemption of tuition and laboratory fees at public institutions of higher education for certain paramedics. Voted favorably from committee on House Higher Education
HB 600 Johnson Relating to the regular psychological examination of peace officers. Referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 786 Oliverson Relating to required cardiopulmonary resuscitation training for certain telecommunicators. Passed by the House; received in the Senate; referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Servic
HB 788 Geren Relating to the eligibility of emergency services dispatchers to participate in a public safety employees treatment court program. Passed by the House; received in the Senate
HB 805 Huberty Relating to certain increases in benefits under the firefighters' relief and retirement fund in certain municipalities. Referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services
HB 899 Middleton Relating to prohibiting a licensing authority from taking disciplinary action against certain license holders for violating an emergency management plan or a rule, order, or ordinance issued under the plan. Referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 1034 Goodwin Relating to the authority of a county to adopt a fire or wildland-urban interface code. Referred to committee on House Land and Resource Management
HB 1051 Geren Relating to the eligibility of emergency service dispatchers to participate in a public safety employees treatment court program. Referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
SB 300 Hinojosa Relating to eligibility for the exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of certain first responders. Referred to committee on Senate Finance
HB 541 Patterson Relating to a presumption in regard to the eligibility of public safety employees who have contracted coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for certain benefits. Voted favorably as substituted by committee on House Business and Industry
HB 1087 Hawkins Relating to acts for which a firefighter or police officer in certain municipalities may be subject to disciplinary procedures. Referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
SB 333 Johnson Relating to the disciplinary suspension of police officers in certain municipalities. Referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
HB 1205 Guillen Relating to a student loan repayment assistance program for certain professionals for exceptional service to the State of Texas during the coronavirus pandemic. Referred to committee on House Higher Education
SB 32 Zaffirini Relating to a student loan repayment assistance program for certain professionals for exceptional service to the State of Texas during the coronavirus pandemic. Referred to committee on Senate Higher Education
HB 1240 Coleman 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. Voted favorably from committee on House County Affairs
HB 1265 Price Relating to creating the criminal offense of obstructing or interfering with a first responder or an emergency vehicle. Referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
SB 375 Perry Relating to required cardiopulmonary resuscitation training for certain telecommunicators. Referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 384 Powell Relating to the exemption of tuition and laboratory fees at public institutions of higher education for certain paramedics. Referred to committee on Senate Higher Education
HB 1279 Kacal Relating to a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation of a percentage of the appraised value of the residence homesteads of certain volunteer first responders. Referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 1310 Guillen Relating to the exemption of tuition and laboratory fees at public institutions of higher education for certain paramedics. Referred to committee on House Higher Education
HB 1309 Guillen Relating to indicators of achievement under the public school accountability system. Referred to committee on House Public Education
HB 1341 Leach Relating to waivers for entrance fees to state parks for resident first responders, military service members, and veterans. Reported favorably from committee on House Culture, Recreation, and Tourism
HB 1440 Schaefer Relating to the availability of personal information of individuals who are honorably retired from certain law enforcement positions. Referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
SB 504 Miles Relating to authority of a county fire marshal to inspect group homes and assisted living facilities. Referred to committee on Senate Local Government
SB 527 Springer Relating to certain claims for benefits, compensation, or assistance by certain public safety employees and survivors of certain public safety employees. Referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
HB 1498 Martinez Relating to certain claims for benefits, compensation, or assistance by certain public safety employees and survivors of certain public safety employees. Referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 1499 White Relating to the carrying of a handgun by certain first responders and volunteer emergency services personnel. Referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 1561 Gervin-Hawkins Relating to entrance examinations for applicants for beginning positions in fire and police departments in certain municipalities. Voted favorably from committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 1563 Gervin-Hawkins Relating to the disclosure of information in department files of fire fighters or police officers in certain municipalities. Referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 1692 Tinderholt Relating to the amounts budgeted by certain political subdivisions for fire protection, law enforcement, or emergency medical services. Referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 1747 Lozano Relating to a recommendation by the COVID-19 Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel to prioritize first responders in vaccine allocation and distribution. Referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 1819 Martinez Relating to the powers of board members of certain emergency services districts. Referred to committee on House County Affairs
SB 658 Miles 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 committee on Senate Local Government
SB 664 Powell Relating to procedures for peace officers and emergency medical services personnel who respond to calls involving an alleged or suspected act of strangulation. Referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
HCR 39 Lambert Urging Congress to eliminate the Windfall Elimination Provision from the Social Security program. Referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services
HB 1898 Beckley Relating to the exemption of tuition and laboratory fees at public institutions of higher education for certain emergency operators or dispatchers. Referred to committee on House Higher Education
HB 1940 Gervin-Hawkins Relating to the appeal to a civil service commission of a disciplinary suspension of a fire fighter or police officer in certain municipalities. Referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 1973 Canales Relating to the investigation of municipal fire fighters. Voted favorably from committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 1989 Thierry Relating to the state reserve of personal protective equipment for health care workers and essential personnel. Referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 2004 Ashby Relating to a limitation on liability and sanctions in connection with certain prescribed burns. Passed by the House; received in the Senate; referred to committee on Senate Water, Agriculture and
HB 2047 Talarico 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 committee on House Business and Industry
HB 2073 Burrows Relating to quarantine leave for fire fighters, peace officers, and emergency medical technicians employed by, appointed by, or elected for a political subdivision. Passed by the House; received in the Senate; referred to committee on Senate Local Government
HB 2087 Perez Relating to mandatory arbitration for certain municipal fire departments and employee bargaining agents. Voted favorably from committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 2163 Raymond Relating to waiving certain driver's license fees for applicants who are first responders. Referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 2171 Metcalf Relating to the eligibility of certain retired firefighters and emergency medical services providers to purchase continued health benefits coverage. Voted favorably from committee on House Pensions/ Investments/ Financial Services
HB 2192 Lucio Relating to the salary reclassification of certain positions with the Texas Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal's Office. Referred to committee on House Appropriations
HB 2242 Patterson Relating to illness or injury leave of absence for county and municipal firefighters and police officers. Referred to committee on House County Affairs
HB 2248 Thompson Relating to next generation 9-1-1 services provided through an Internet Protocol network and wireless service provider expense reimbursements for certain counties. Referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 2270 Turner Relating to the state reserve of personal protective equipment for health care workers and essential personnel. Referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 2231 Bucy Relating to providing free full-day prekindergarten for certain children. Referred to committee on House Public Education
SB 737 Birdwell Relating to the carrying of a handgun by certain first responders. Reported from committee as substituted by Senate State Affairs
SB 774 Nichols Relating to the election of emergency services commissioners in certain emergency services districts. Referred to committee on Senate Local Government
SB 786 Creighton Relating to the eligibility of certain retired firefighters and emergency medical services providers to purchase continued health benefits coverage. Referred to committee on Senate Local Government
HB 34 Canales Relating to presumptive coverage for first responders that contract COVID-19. Referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 318 VanDeaver Relating to the prohibition of certain employment discrimination regarding an employee who is a volunteer emergency responder. Referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 409 Cortez Relating to waivers for entrance fees to state parks and certain hunting and fishing license fees for resident first responders. Reported favorably from committee on House Culture, Recreation, and Tourism
HB 741 Allison Relating to voter approval of a county or municipal budget that reduces by a certain percentage the amount allocated to provide a fire protection, law enforcement, or emergency medical service. Referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 2485 Herrero Relating to the exemption of certain firefighters and police officers from jury service. Voted favorably from committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
HB 2496 Buckley Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates for certain volunteer firefighters and fire protection personnel. Voted favorably from committee on House Transportation
SB 107 Powell Relating to certain claims for benefits, compensation, or assistance by certain public safety employees and survivors of certain public safety employees. Referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 638 Krause Relating to the authority of certain political subdivisions to adopt a budget that reduces the amount allocated to provide a fire protection, law enforcement, or emergency medical service. Referred to committee on House State Affairs
SB 639 White Relating to the authority of an emergency services district to provide public health services. Referred to committee on House County Affairs
SB 788 Geren Relating to the eligibility of emergency service dispatchers to participate in a public safety employees treatment court program. Passed by the Senate; received in the House. Referred to committee on House International Relations/
SB 803 Creighton Relating to certain increases in benefits under the firefighters' relief and retirement fund in certain municipalities. Referred to committee on Senate Finance
SB 897 Paxton Relating to the compositin of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Referred to committee on Senate Local Government
SB 900 Alvarado Relating to the safety of aboveground storage tanks Voted favorably as substituted by committee on Senate Natural Resources/Economic Development
SCR 17 Hughes Urging Congress to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision of the Social Security Act. Voted favorably from committee on Senate State Affairs
HB 2832 Patterson Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homesteads of certain disabled first responders and their surviving spouses. HB 2832 – Referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 2869 Longoria Relating to collective bargaining and conditions of employment for fire fighters and police officers in certain political subdivisions. HB 2869 – Referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 2885 Clardy Relating to continuing education programs for fire detection and alarm device installation. Voted favorably as substituted by committee on House Insurance
HB 2914 Turner Relating to the fee for emergency medical services in certain municipalities. Voted favorably from committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 2911 White Relating to Next Generation 9-1-1 service and certain wireless service provider administrative expense reimbursements and increasing a fee cap. HB 2911 – Referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 2962 Munoz Relating to municipal authority to prohibit police or fire department employees from signing certain employment petitions. HB 2962 – Referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 3017 Wu Relating to criminal liability for reporting false information to draw an emergency response. Referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety
HB 2946 Cyrier Relating to the provision of financial assistance to survivors of certain members of the Texas military forces. HB 2946 – Referred to committee on House Appropriations
SB 709 Hall Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Passed by the Senate; received in the House; referred to House committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 1326 Geren Relating to the automatic expunction of arrest records and files for certain public safety employees who successfully complete a public safety employees treatment court program. Referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence
HB 3161 Martinez Relating to the establishment of community paramedicine programs to coordinate health care services and improve health care provision. Referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 3259 Sanford 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 committee on House Business and Industry
HB 3375 Davis Relating to certain benefits payable by the public retirement systems for police and fire fighters in certain municipalities. Referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services
HB 3398 Shaheen Relating to the composition of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
SB 22 Springer Relating to certain claims for benefits, compensation, or assistance by certain public safety employees and survivors of certain public safety employees. Voted favorably as substituted by committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1223 Springer Relating to fee waivers for certain hunting and fishing licenses for certain volunteer firefighters. SB 1223 – Referred to committee on Senate Water, Agriculture and Rural Affairs
SB 463 Lucio Relating to certain claims for benefits, compensation, or assistance by certain public safety employees and survivors of certain public safety employees. Referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
HB 3816 Hunter Relating to certain claims for benefits, compensation, or assistance by certain public safety employees and survivors of certain public safety employees. Referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 3841 Cole Relating to the adjustment of the voter-approval tax rate of a taxing unit to reflect public spending necessary to correct a deficiency in the first response capacity of a fire or police department of the taxing unit. Referred to committee on House Ways and Means
HB 3904 Martinez Relating to the creation and continuation of a county fire marshal position. Referred to committee on House County Affairs
HB 4025 Rodriguez Relating to applicability of civil service status to emergency medical services personnel in certain municipalities. Referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
SB 1660 Bettencourt Relating to payroll deductions for state and local government employee organizations. Referred to committee on Senate State Affairs
SB 1627 Miles Relating to the deadline to begin a county fire code inspection in certain counties. Referred to committee on Senate Local Government
HB 1845 Canales Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. HB 1845 – Referred to committee on House Urban Affairs
HB 1600 Canales Relating to the review date for certain governmental entitites subject to the sunset review process. Passed by the House; received in the Senate
HB 3581 Guerra Relating to establishing a coordinated system for the dispatch, triage, transport, and transfer of patients in certain trauma service area regional advisory councils. Referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 3582 Guerra Relating to the awarding of grants to initiate, expand, maintain, and improve emergency medical services and to support medical systems and facilities that provide trauma care. Referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 3623 Turner Relating to the eligibility of certain health care providers for workers' compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder arising from events in the course of employment during a public health disaster. Referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 3644 Ashby Relating to a memorial monument dedicated to emergency medical services personnel in the State Cemetery. Voted favorably as substituted by committee on House Culture, Recreation, and Tourism
SB 1324 Hinojosa Relating to the investigation of municipal fire fighters. SB 1324 – Referred to committee on Senate Local Government
SB 1337 Schwertner Relating to the authority of an emergency services district to provide public health services. SB 1337 – Referred to committee on Senate Local Government
SB 1386 Creighton Relating to a body worn camera program for emergency medical personnel. SB 1386 – Referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1399 Hinojosa Relating to the awarding of grants to initiate, expand, maintain, and improve emergency medical services and to support medical systems and facilities that provide trauma care. SB 1399 – Referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1401 Springer Relating to quarantine leave for fire fighters, peace officers, and emergency medical technicians employed by, appointed by, or elected for a political subdivision. SB 1401 – Referred to committee on Senate Local Government
HB 4068 Parker Relating to the eligibility of certain public retirement systems for police and fire fighters to participate in the Texas Municipal Retirement System. Referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services
HB 4095 Goodwin Relating to the transportation, storage, and disposal of certain radioactive waste. Referred to committee on House Environmental Regulation
HB 4301 Dean Relating to certain claims for benefits, compensation, or assistance by certain public safety employees and survivors of certain public safety employees. Referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 4325 Martinez Relating to the qualifications of a county fire marshal. Referred to committee on House County Affairs
HB 4105 Talarico Relating to the eligibility of the children of certain essential employees for free prekindergarten programs in public schools. Referred to committee on House Public Education
HB 4347 Hefner Relating to address confidentiality on certain documents for certain federal officials and family members of certain federal officials or federal or state court judges. Referred to committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
HB 4506 Morales Shaw Relating to the regulation of certain hazardous substances used in firefighting products. Referred to committee on House Environmental Regulation
HB 4163 Longoria Relating to funding soundness restoration plan for certain public retirement systems. Referred to committee on House Pensions/ Investments/ Financial Services
SB 1550 Nelson Relating to airport police forces, including the authority to commission peace officers and the rights, privileges, and duties of those officers. Reported favorably from committee on Senate Criminal Justice
SB 1759 Zaffirini Relating to a study on potential improvements to training provided to 9-1-1 emergency service call takers and dispatchers. Referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
SB 1763 Springer Relating to the composition of the Governor's EMS and Trauma Advisory Council. Voted favorably from committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1793 West Relating to the eligibility of certain children who are enrolled in a child care services program administered by the Texas Workforce Commission for free prekindergarten programs in public schools. Referred to committee on Senate Education
SB 1796 West Relating to the fee for emergency medical services in certain municipalities. Referred to committee on Senate Local Government
SB 1805 Johnson Relating to municipal civil service for fire fighters and police officers. Referred to committee on Senate Local Government
SB 1811 Springer Relating to firefighters enrolled in fire science courses. Referred to committee on Senate Higher Education
SB 1864 Powell Relating to the eligibility of certain telecommunicators for workers' compensation and other benefits. Referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce
SB 1960 West Relating to the eligibility of certain children who are or were in foster care for free prekindergarten programs in public schools. Referred to committee on Senate Education
SB 2073 Menendez Relating to the regulation of certain hazardous substances used in firefighting products. Referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
HB 2598 Patterson Relating to the eligibility of a first responder for workers' compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. Referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 2610 Harless Relating to the deadline to begin a county fire code inspection in certain counties. Passed by the House
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