HB 402 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (Houston), relates to the adoption of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). It provides guidelines for states publishing official primary legal materials online, will make the legal system easier for laypeople and attorneys to access, and gives guidance on how to preserve amended or outdated legal materials. UELMA offers a technology-neutral, outcomes-based approach to ensuring that online state legal material deemed official is trustworthy, will be preserved, and will be permanently available to the public. Signed by the Governor.

HB 700 by Rep. Ryan Guillen (Rio Grande City), expands the types of organizations that can apply for grants from the Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund to include public libraries and local workforce development boards. The bill passed the House, but was amended on Senate floor to remove public libraries on request from the Governor's office and passed as amended. Rep. Guillen refused to concur with amendment and a conference committee was appointed. The conference committee was unable to add public libraries back to the final bill, but did add a requirement that TWC study and develop recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of the fund, including expanding participation in opportunities available through the fund. Sent to Governor for signature.

HB 703 by Rep. Cody Harris (Palestine) extends the length of time before birth records enter the public domain from 75 years to 125 years. After objection from TLA, the Texas State Genealogical Society and others, the bill was amended to extend the time to 90 years and passed out of committee. However, it was never scheduled for the House floor. Died

HB 1960 by Rep. Four Price (Amarillo) creates a Governor's Broadband Council. TLA advocated for a representative from the library community to be included in the Council membership, and Rep. Price agreed. The bill, as amended, passed the House and Senate. Signed by Governor.

HB 3730 by Rep. Valoree Swanson (Spring) requires that school districts and vendors must certify compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to be eligible to participate in TexQuest. TLA opposed this bill. It was passed by the House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism, and placed on the calendar for consideration. However, the bill was not considered before the deadline for the House to pass House bills; therefore, it did not advance. Died

HB 4181 by Rep. Charlie Geren (Fort Worth) makes monumental changes to how official records of the Texas legislature are managed, creating a legislative branch carve out from public scrutiny, undermining the public’s right to know, and limiting government accountability. TLA strongly opposed this bill; however, it was passed by the House and Senate. Sent to the Governor for signature.

SB 29 by Sen. Bob Hall (Rockwall) prohibits the use of public money by certain political subdivisions for specific lobbying activities, and significantly limits the ability of cities, counties, and school districts to pay for membership fees and dues to nonprofit state associations that lobby. TLA opposed this bill. It passed the Senate but was defeated in the House. Died