TXANS Association of Responsible Nonsubscribers
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BILL FILING STARTS AT TEXAS CAPITOL
Monday was the first day Texas lawmakers could file legislation in preparation for the 80th regular session, which is scheduled to convene on January 9, 2007. Three hundred thirty eight bills have been filed so far and several relate to Texas employers.
Representative Burt Solomons of Carrollton has filed the first workers' compensation bill. House Bill 34 precludes certain payments or other inducements in connection with a workers’ compensation claim. HB 34 is intended to address allegations of kickbacks between certain service providers in the workers' compensation system.
House Bill 220 by Representative Phil King of Weatherford will prohibit certain employers from establishing a policy or rule to prevent an employee with a concealed handgun permit from transporting or storing a handgun in certain employer-provided parking areas.
House Bill 49 by Representative Norma Chavez of El Paso, House Bill 193 by Representative Ryan Guillen of San Diego and Senate Bill 95 by Senator Rodney Ellis Houston relate to increasing the minimum wage in Texas.
House Bill 201 by Jose Menendez of San Antonio proposes a prohibition of the use of wireless communication devices while driving. Although HB 201 does not specifically mention employers it could impact workplace regulations and practices.
House Bill 58 by Carl Islett of Lubbock exempts certain sole proprietors from jury duty.
Other legislation relating to health care coverage, state franchise taxes and restrictions on products sold by certain businesses have also been introduced but no legislation relating specifically to Texas nonsubscribers has been filed to date.
TXANS will continue to fight for the preservation of the responsible benefit options for Texas nonsubscribers and we will keep members apprised of issues relevant to Texas businesses, specifically Texas nonsubscribers.
Helpful tools for locating and tracking legislation in addition to links to Texas legislators and members of Congress are available on TXANS website at www.txans.org.