With just 10 days left until the 86th Texas legislature adjourns, lawmakers are rushing to advance as many bills as possible before some upcoming key deadlines.
As we continue to advance our agenda for the construction industry, AGC Texas Building Branch has several key bills remaining active in the legislative process. We have seen movement on five of those bills this week, and below is an update on their status in the Legislature.
But first, a look at
facing lawmakers before the end of session...
Friday, May 17 - Last day for House to consider local House bills on second and third reading.
Tuesday, May 21 - Last day for House to consider second reading Senate bills on daily or supplemental calendar.
Wednesday, May 22 - Last day for House to consider local and consent Senate bills on second and third reading and ALL third reading Senate bills on supplemental calendar.
Friday, May 24 - Last day for House to act on Senate amendments.
Sunday, May 26 - Last day for House to adopt conference committee reports or discharge House conferees and concur in Senate amendments.
Monday, May 27 - Final day of session.
Latest Action on AGC-TBB Bills
House Bill 1734 by Rep. Holland and Sen. Lucio.
Latest Action - This bill passed on final reading in the Senate on Thursday by a 31-0 vote with one floor amendment made by Sen. Taylor. The bill
will likely head to conference committee where stakeholders can consider the amendment. The bill passed the House 111-30 last month.
The Bill in Brief
- HB 1734 would require school districts to spend funds awarded from a verdict or settlement regarding construction to repair those defects. The bill also requires the districts to notify the Texas Education Agency (TEA) of the suit once it has been filed or face dismissal, and they would need to itemize any repairs made to the agency. The amendment by Sen. Taylor
added information that the district must report to TEA along with the petition.
The bill gives the Attorney General enforcement authority.
to read the full text of the bill.
House Bill 1185 by Rep. Cyrier and Sen. Hughes
Latest Action - On Wednesday, the bill was referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee where it received a hearing today and awaits a vote. The bill passed the House last week 122-13.
The Bill in Brief - HB 1185 allows for recovery of attorney's fees in lawsuits against state agencies for breach of contract when the amount in controversy exceeds $250,000. Specifically, the bill changes current law to allow recovery of attorney's fees that are "equitable and just," removing limitations that make recovery problematic in certain civil cases. Click here to read the full text of the bill.
House Bill 1999 by Rep. Leach and Sen. Creighton
Latest Action - On Monday, the bill received a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday and passed on a 9-0 vote. It has been recommended for the Senate local and consent calendar. The bill passed the House last month 99-34
The Bill in Brief - HB 1999
would allow those involved in
designing or constructing a public, commercial building a chance to inspect and repair alleged defects before being sued. The measure also provides that a licensed engineer complete an inspection and provide a report. The bill does not remove the right for anyone to file litigation. Click here to read the full text of the bill.
Senate Bill 1297 by Sen. Powell and Rep. Eddie Lucio III
Latest Action - On Friday, the bill arrived in the House Calendars Committee, where it awaits scheduling for a full House vote. The House is expected to set votes for Monday and Tuesday. The Bill unanimously passed the Senate last month and passed the House Education Committee 11-0.
The Bill in Brief
- SB 1297
would allow state school districts to utilize the same uniform general conditions adopted by the Texas Facilities Commission, which adopts a set of UCG's developed every five years by a statutory workgroup. These provisions set general working conditions to be applied to all state building construction contracts.
The bill would take take the
UGCs adopted by the commission and use them as a starting point for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to collaboratively develop a set of UGCs that school districts could incorporate into public school construction project contracts. Click here to read the full text of the bill.
Limits on Contingency Lawyers for Defects Cases
House Bill 2826 by Rep. Greg Bonnen and Sen. Huffman