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Fire protection-related legislation, 2019
(86th 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: February 5, 2019

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

House
Bill Type Bill Number Author Caption Bill stage
HB 6 Morrison Relating to developing a disaster recovery task force to assist with long-term disaster recovery. Passed by the House; referred to Senate Water and Rural Affairs committee
HB 41 Metcalf Relating to paid leave for a state employee who is a search and rescue volunteer. Passed by the House; reported favorably from Senate Business and Commerce committee
HB 319 King Relating to the creation of a grant program to assist fire departments and volunteer fire departments with the purchase of certain equipment and machines. Referred to House Urban Affairs committee
HB 354 Herrero Relating to exemption of certain firefighters and police officers from jury service. Referred to House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committee
HB 359 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. Passed by the House; referred to Senate Business and Commerce committee
HB 502 Springer Relating to training regarding fire safety inspections required by law. Referred to House Urban Affairs committee
HB 518 Springer Relating to fire safety inspections. Referred to House Urban Affairs committee
HB 534 Geren Relating to the eligibility of emergency service dispatchers to participate in a public safety employees treatment court program. Referred to House Criminal Jurisprudence committee
HB 747 Stucky Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to propose a fire control, prevention, and emergency medical services district. Reported favorably from committee on House Urban Affairs - postponed on second reading until Apr 8
HB 766 Huberty Relating to exemptions for disabled peace officers and fire fighters from payment of tuition and fees at public institutions of higher education. Passed the House; referred to Senate Higher Education committee
HB 784 Davis Relating to conflicts of interest of members of state agency governing boards and governing officers. Referred to House State Affairs committee
HB 791 Huberty Relating to the definition of volunteer fire department for purposes of certain motor fuel tax exemptions. Passed by the House; referred to Senate Finance committee
HB 846 Oliverson Relating to the abolition of student loan default or breach of a student loan repayment or scholarship contract as a ground for nonrenewal or other disciplinary action. Filed
HB 1011 Sanford Relating to exempting certain honorably retired peace officers from continuing education requirements. Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety committee
HB 1064 Ashby Relating to designating May 4 as Texas Firefighters Day. Passed by the House; referred to Senate committee on Administration
HB 1090 Bell Relating to the definition of first responder. Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety committee
HB 1123 Bohac Relating to the carrying of a handgun by certain first responders. Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety committee
HB 1177 Phelan Relating to carrying a handgun during a state of disaster. Passed by the House; referred to Senate State Affairs committee
HB 1256 Phelan Relating to access by certain persons to a first responder's immunization history during a disaster. Passed by the House; referred to Senate Health and Human Services committee
HB 1294 Davis Relating to requiring certain persons to receive emergency management training. Reported from House County Affairs committee as substituted
HB 1342 Leach Relating to the consequences of a criminal conviction on a person's eligibility for an occupational license. Reported as substituted by House Corrections committee
HB 1353 Oliverson Relating to liability of health care providers who provide certain assistance in disaster situations. Reported as substituted from House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committee
HB 1383 Lozano Relating to exemption of certain firefighters and police officers from jury service. (Companion HB 354) Referred to House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
HB 1386 Thompson Relating to training and development activities for persons who may interact with an individual with autism or other pervasive developmental disorder. Passed by the House; referred to Senate Health and Human Services committee
HB 1418 Phelan Relating to disease prevention and preparedness information for emergency medical services personnel on certification or recertification. Passed by the House; received in the Senate; Referred to Senate Health and Human Services committee
HB 1451 King Relating to peace officers commissioned by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for disaster response. Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety committee
HB 1452 Thompson Relating to the date on which certain persons placed on deferred adjudication community supervision are eligible to file a petition for an order of nondisclosure of criminal history record information. Passed by the house; referred to Senate Criminal Justice committee
HB 1477 Price Relating to the use of grants under the emergency medical services assistance program and the distribution of certain revenue received by the comptroller. Referred to House Public Health
HB 1492 Wray Relating to benefits for peace officers who suffer from certain diseases or illnesses. Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety committee
HB 1497 Metcalf Relating to the issuance of specially marked driverís licenses and personal identification certificates to emergency medical services personnel. Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety committee
HB 1625 Bell Relating to the creation of the criminal offense of false report of misconduct by emergency responders. Passed by the House; received in the Senate
HB 1843 Thompson Relating to the expansion of the territory of an emergency services district into the territory of a municipality. Reported favorably from House Land and Resource Management committee
HB 1861 Martinez Relating to the criteria to determine compensation and conditions of employment of firefighters and police officers of certain political subdivisions. (companion to SB 681) Referred to House Urban Affairs committee
HB 1895 Nevarez Relating to the investigation of fire fighters employed by certain municipalities and districts. Reported as substituted from House Urban Affairs committee
HB 2053 Murr Relating to organizations providing certain services and liability in connection with prescribed burns. Passed by the House; received in the Senate
HB 2178 Noble Relating to terminating participation in the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System. Reported favorably from House Pensions/ Investments/ Financial Services committee
HB 2232 Reynolds Relating to the consequences of a criminal conviction on a personís eligibility for an occupational license. Referred to House Corrections committee
HB 2305 Morrison Relating to a work group on enhancing the training and credentialing of emergency management personnel. Passed by the House; referred to Senate Water and Rural Affairs committee
HB 2325 Metcalf Relating to providing information and communication regarding and during a disaster. Passed by the House; referred to Senate Business and Commerce committee
HB 2340 Cain Relating to emergency and disaster management, response, and recovery. Passed by the House; referred to Senate Water and Rural Affairs committee
HB 2345 Walle Relating to resources to facilitate disaster mitigation, response, and recovery. Passed by the House; referred to Senate Water and Rural Affairs committee
HB 2348 King Relating to the prohibition of certain employment discrimination regarding an employee who is a volunteer emergency responder. Passed by the House; received in the Senate
HB 2400 Martinez Relating to the application requirements for first responder organizations to receive an initial license or to renew a license. Reported favorably from House Public Health committee
HB 2404 Bell Relating to the establishment of the office of first responder support within the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and to the provision of critical incident support services to first responders. Reported as substituted from House Homeland Security and Public Safety committee
HB 2446 Swanson Relating to the availability of personal information of firefighters, volunteer firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel. Reported as substituted by House Urban Affairs; recommended for local and consent calendar
HB 2456 Kacal Relating to a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of the residence homesteads of certain volunteer first responders. Referred to House Ways and Means committee
HB 2503 Kacal Relating to workers' compensation death benefit eligibility for certain spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty. Reported as substituted by House Business and Industry committee
HB 2685 Bailes Relating to worker's compensation death benefit eligibility for certain spouses of first responders and certain other public servants killed in the line of duty. Reported favorably from House Business and Industry committee
HB 2741 Minjarez Relating to the application of the fire code to and the inspection of buildings owned or leased by counties; authorizing a fee. Reported favorably from House County Affairs committee
HB 2794 Morrison Relating to the administration of emergency management in this state. Passed by the House; referred to Senate Water and Rural Affairs committee
HB 2837 Canales Relating to the operation of an equipment for vehicles. Passed by the House; received in the Senate
HB 2895 Collier Relating to collective bargaining and conditions of employment for fire fighters and police officers in certain political subdivisions. Referred to House Urban Affairs committee.
HB 2953 Moody Relating to a grant program to provide salary increases to full-time peace officers employed by certain local governments with limited tax bases. Reported favorably from House Homeland Security and Public Safety committee
HB 2969 Sanford Relating to prohibited adverse employment action against a first responder based on mental illness. Passed by the House; received in the Senate
HB 3070 King Relating to grants for emergency assistance under the rural volunteer fire department assistance program. Passed by the House; received in the Senate
HB 3129 Middleton Relating to the exemption of authorized emergency vehicles from vehicle safety inspections. Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety committee
HB 3188 Gervin-Hawkins Relating to the retirement system in certain municipalities for firefighters and police officers. Passed by the House; received in the Senate
HB 3203 Dean Relating to the division of certain emergency services districts. Reported favorably from House County Affairs committee
HB 3247 Martinez Relating to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System. Referred to House Pensions/ Investments/ Financial Services committee
HB 3293 Johnson Relating to the business leave time account for a firefighter employee organization in certain municipalities. Referred to House Urban Affairs committee
HB 3307 White Relating to the authority of an emergency services district to provide public health services. Referred to House County Affairs committee
HB 3385 Gutierrez Relating to a requirement that the Railroad Commission of Texas publish maps of pipeline evacuation zones. Referred to House Energy Resources committee
HB 3397 Bailes Relating to an appropriation of money from the emergency radio infrastructure account for the planning, development, and provision of an interoperable statewide emergency radio infrastructure. Referred to House Appropriations committee
HB 3599 Huberty Relating to certain increases in benefits under the firefighters' relief and retirement fund in certain municipalities. Reported favorably from House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services committee
HB 3635 Turner Relating to financial assistance paid to the survivors of certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other public employees killed in the line of duty. Referred to House Appropriations committee
HB 3753 Harless Relating to the authority of a county fire marshal to provide fire-related training programs for first responders. Reported favorably from House County Affairs committee
HB 3837 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. Reported favorably from House County Affairs committee
HB 3859 Johnson Relating to mental health assessment programs for certain municipal police and fire departments. Reported favorably from House Urban Affairs committee
HB 3890 Cole Relating to the exemption of tuition and laboratory fees at public institutions of higher education for certain paramedics. Reported from House Higher Education committee as substituted
HB 3999 Turner Relating to reimbursement for health care services provided to certain first responders. Referred to House Public Health Committee
HB 4060 Zwiener Relating to a program administered by the Railroad Commission of Texas to provide grants to promote pipeline emergency preparedness. Referred to House Energy Resources Committee
HB 4075 Perez Relating to the time for dissolution of a fire control, prevention, and emergency medical services district. Referred to House County Affairs Committee
HB 4080 Dominguez Relating to the applicability and enforcement of building and fire codes in the unincorporated areas of a county. Referred to House Land and Resource Management Committee
HB 4147 Bell Relating to required mental health awareness training for first responders. Referred to House Urban Affairs Committee
HB 4350 Bohac Relating to emergency communications districts. Referred to House County Affairs Committee
HB 4358 Sanford Relating to smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in residential rental units. Referred to House Business and Industry Committee
HB 4359 Cain Relating to access to criminal history record information by certain fire departments. Referred to House Urban Affairs Committee
HB 4374 Murr Relating to liability of prescribed burn directors in connection with prescribed burns. Referred to House Agriculture and Livestock Committee
HB 4395 Murr Relating to charitable organizations, including charitable organizations that may conduct prescribed burning. Referred to House Agriculture and Livestock Committee
HJR 89 Kacal Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of the residence homesteads of certain volunteer first responders. Referred to House Ways and Means committee
Senate
SB 6 Kolkhorst Relating to emergency and disaster management, response, and recovery. Passed Senate; Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee
SB 221 Menendez Relating to the entitlement of spouses of certain veterans with disabilities to a veteran's employment preference. Referred to Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security committee
SB 235 Nelson Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to propose a fire control, prevention, and emergency medical services district. (Companion bill to HB 747) Passed by the Senate; Passed by the House
SB 237 Nelson Relating to the criteria for review by the Sunset Advisory Commission of an agency that licenses an occupation. Passed by the Senate; referred to House State Affairs committee
SB 506 Creighton Relating to carrying a handgun during a state of disaster. (Companion to HB 1177.) Referred to Senate State Affairs committee
SB 681 Alvarado Relating to the criteria to determine compensation and conditions of employment of firefighters and police officers of certain political subdivisions. Filed
SB 684 Flores Relating to the authority of a code enforcement officer to possess or carry an instrument used for deterring an animal bite. Filed
SB 764 Menendez Relating to the authority of a code enforcement officer to possess or carry an instrument used for deterring an animal bite. Filed
SB 766 Menendez Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain employees of fire protection sprinkler system contractors. Filed
SB 797 Alvarado Relating to collective bargaining and conditions of employment for fire fighters and police officers in certain political subdivisions. Filed
SB 829 Huffman Relating to disease prevention and preparedness information for emergency medical services personnel on certification or recertification. Filed
SB 830 Huffman Relating to vaccine preventable disease policy for first responders of emergency response entities. Filed
SB 834 Powell Relating to the issuance of an occupational license to certain applicants with prior convictions. Filed
SB 857 Lucio Relating to requiring training for certain emergency management coordinators. Passed Senate; Referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee
SB 1083 Zaffirini Relating to compensation to be paid to an emergency services district for a municipality's annexation of the district's territory. Reported favorably from Senate Intergovernmental Relations committee; recommended for local/uncontested calendar
SB 1344 Alvarado Relating to paid leave for a state employee who is a search and rescue volunteer. Referred to Senate Business and Commerce committee
SB 1365 Nelson Relating to airport police forces and security vehicles, including the authority to commission peace officers and the rights, privileges, and duties of those officers. Referred to Senate Criminal Justice committee
SB 1366 Kolkhorst Relating to workersí compensation death benefit eligibility for certain spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty. Referred to Senate Business and Commerce committee
SB 1375 Noble Relating to terminating participation in the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System. Referred to Senate State Affairs committee
SB 1582 Lucio Relating to benefits for peace officers who suffer from certain diseases or illnesses. Passed by the Senate; referred to House Homeland Security and Public Safety
SB 1668 Kolkhorst Relating to the administration of emergency management in this state. Referred to Senate Water and Rural Affairs
SB 1670 Taylor Relating to the confidentiality of certain information concerning a firefighter or peace officer applicant. Referred to Senate State Business and Commerce
SB 1673 Perry Relating to the creation of a grant program to assist certain counties with employing or contracting for a qualified emergency management coordinator. Passed by the Senate; received in the house
SB 1745 Menendez Relating to complaints filed against certain law enforcement officers, peace officers, detention officers, county jailers, and fire fighters. Referred to Senate Criminal Justice
SB 1827 Menendez Relating to the emergency administration of an epinephrine auto-injector by peace officers. Passed by the Senate; referred to House Public Health committee
SB 2088 Flores Relating to health insurance benefits for survivors of certain law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other public employees. Referred to Senate State Affairs Committee
SB 2192 Hinojosa Relating to the confidentiality of the recording of certain emergency calls. Referred to Senate Business and Commerce Committee
SB 2328 Creighton Relating to the confidentiality and disclosure of certain information relating to emergency management and governmental functions. Referred to Senate Water and Rural Affairs Committee