Results of the 85th Texas Legislature for TDLR

The 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session ended May 29, 2017. This page provides a list of bills related to TDLR and its programs which were enacted by the 85th Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. Clicking on the bill number will open a Texas Legislature Online page detailing the history of actions taken on the legislation as well as the text of the bill.

More information on the legislative process and how a bill becomes law is available at theTexas Legislature web site.

Overview

Bills Passed by Program Type

Overview

New Programs at TDLR

  • HB 100 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott May 29, 2017, effective immediately .

Establishes a uniform, statewide framework for regulating Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), popularly known as rideshare or ride-hailing companies. TNC company applications will be available in October 2017 and TNC companies will be licensed by TDLR beginning in November 2017.

  • HB 162 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 15, 2015, effective September 1, 2017.

Requires TDLR to develop program rules and set standards for online pet responsibility courses. These rules and standards will determine the groups or companies who are eligible to offer pet responsibility courses, which a judge may order a defendant convicted of certain animal cruelty offenses to complete.

  • SB 589 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 15, 2017, effective September 1, 2017, except as noted below.

Establishes a regulatory framework for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts. Applications will be available May 2018, and requirements for licensing and enforcement procedures take effect September 1, 2018.

Program Transfers to TDLR

  • HB 3078 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott May 29, 2017, effective September 1, 2017.

Transfers the licensing and regulation of podiatry from the Texas State Board of Podiatric Examiners to TDLR.

Deregulation

  • HB 2113 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott May 26, 2017, effective September 1, 2019.

Deregulates statewide licensing of For-Profit Legal Service Contract administrators, salespersons, and companies.

  • SB 1501 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 15, 2017, effective September 1, 2017, repeal effective September 1, 2018 .

Deregulates statewide licensing of vehicle booting, modifies the composition of the Towing, Storage, and Booting Advisory Board, repeals risk-based inspections, and provides for towing to facilitate a university special event.

  • SB 1502 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott May 28, 2017, effective September 1, 2017.

Deregulates statewide licensing of threading by removing it from the legal definitions of barbering and cosmetology.

  • SB 1503 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 15, 2017, effective September 1, 2017.

Deregulates statewide regulation of hair shampooing and conditioning by removing it from the legal definitions of barbering and cosmetology. All current shampoo permits and specialty certificates expire on the effective date of September 1, 2017

  • SB 2065 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 15, 2017, effective September 1, 2017, except as noted below.

Deregulates statewide regulation of hair shampooing and conditioning and the practice of threading by removing those practices from the legal definitions of barbering and cosmetology;

Deregulates statewide licensing of for-profit legal service contract administrators, salespersons, and companies ( effective September 1, 2019);

Deregulates statewide licensing of vehicle booting. While parts of the bill take effect immediately, a boot operator’s license and booting company license are still required to engage in booting until September 1, 2018. On September 1, 2018, a person may perform booting operations and operate a booting company unless prohibited by a local authority;

Deregulates statewide licensing of temporary common worker employers; and

Deregulates statewide licensing of vehicle protection product warrantors.

  • HB 2615 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 15, 2017, effective September 1, 2017.

Removes the statewide licensing requirement for tow operators to also hold a vehicle storage facility (VSF) employee license, and eliminates the dual towing/VSF license.

Streamlining Government & Removing Barriers

  • HB 4007 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 15, 2017, effective September 1, 2017 .

Removes barriers, redundancies, and impediments for the thirteen licensing programs transferred to TDLR from DSHS as a result of Senate Bill 202, 84 th Regular Session.

  • HB 912 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 15, 2017, effective immediately .

Expands the pool of available individuals to teach drivers education by allowing a parent, guardian, or a judge of a court with jurisdiction to designate a person who is over 25, has seven years of driving experience, and meets all requirements under current law to teach the driver education course, provided they do not charge a fee.

  • HB 2738 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 9, 2017, effective September 1, 2017 .

Allows barber and cosmetology schools to count instruction hours on the basis of clock hours or credit hours, and authorizes the Texas Commission of Licensing & Regulation to adopt rules to establish standards for determining the equivalency and conversion of clock hours to credit hours and credit hours to clock hours.

  • HB 2739 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 9, 2017, effective September 1, 2017.

Provides greater flexibility and lower operational costs for barber and cosmetology schools and related facilities by revising, among other requirements, applicable facility square footage, equipment, and inspection requirements.

  • HB 3257 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott May 29, 2017, effective immediately .

Exempts espresso machines from the boiler law and removes the requirement that a portable power boiler be inspected externally each time it is moved to a new location and receive an annual internal inspection. The new law authorizes the Texas Commission of Licensing & Regulation to establish by rule the inspection requirements for a portable boiler.

  • SB 848 Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 9, 2017, effective immediately .

Makes driver education course more readily available to all Texans by expanding the pool of individuals eligible to conduct a parent-taught drive education course.

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

  • HB 3029 by Frullo / Whitmire ACR - Air conditioning and refrigeration contracting and the education and certification of air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Architectural Barriers

  • HB 1463 by Smithee / Seliger EAB - Procedures for asserting claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act; providing a civil penalty. Governor Signed 6/1/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • SB 1049 by Uresti / Klick EAB - Safety requirements of assisted living facilities. Governor Signed 5/22/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Auctioneers

  • HB 3215 by Goldman - The authority of a licensed auctioneer to sell a business that owns vehicles without engaging in business as a motor vehicle dealer. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Barbering and Cosmetology

  • HB 2552 by Thompson, Senfronia / Huffman COS - Prostitution and trafficking of persons and to certain criminal and civil consequences of that conduct. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • HB 2738 by Hernandez / Taylor, Larry BAR/COS - The hours of instruction provided in barbering and cosmetology schools (BAR/COS credit hours). Governor Signed 6/9/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • HB 2739 by Hernandez / Zaffirini BAR/COS - Regulation of barber schools, private beauty culture schools, and other facilities used to teach or perform the practice of barbering or cosmetology (BAR/COS specialty schools). Governor Signed 6/9/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • SB 1502 by Zaffirini / Kuempel BAR/COS - The regulation of barbering and cosmetology (threading) Governor Signed 5/28/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • SB 1503 by Zaffirini / Goldman BAR/COS - Abolishing shampoo apprentice permits and shampoo specialty certificates. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • SB 2065 by Hancock / Kuempel BAR/COS - The licensing and regulation of certain occupations and activities. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Boiler Safety

  • HB 3257 by Paddie / Hancock BLR - The regulation and inspection of boilers. Governor Signed 5/29/17; Effective Immediately.

Driver Education & Safety

  • HB 912 by Romero / Taylor, Van DES - Relating to the licensing and regulation of providers of driver and traffic safety education. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective Immediately.
  • HB 1372 by Koop / Hughes DES - Information included in the curriculum of each driver education course and driving safety course. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • SB 30 by West / Thompson, Senfronia DES - Inclusion of instruction regarding interaction with peace officers in the required curriculum for certain public school students and in driver education courses and to civilian interaction training for peace officers. Governor Signed 6/9/17; Effective 9/1/17; Rules: Not later than 9/1/18.
  • SB 848 by Huffines / Romero DES - Requirements for a driver education course provider or instructor. Governor Signed 6/9/17; Effective Immediately.
  • SB 1051 by Watson / Dutton DES - The accommodation of a deaf or hard of hearing student in driver education; authorizing a fee. Governor Signed 6/1/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Dyslexia

  • HB 1886 by Miller / Uresti DYS - Dyslexia screening and testing, the employment of dyslexia specialists by regional education service centers, and the development by the Texas Education Agency of a list of training opportunities for educators regarding dyslexia. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective Immediately.

Electricians

  • HB 1698 by Kuempel / Estes ELC - Licensing and regulation of a journeyman industrial electrician. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17; Rules: Not later than 9/1/18.

For-Profit Legal Service Contracts

  • HB 2113 by Goldman / Zaffirini - LSC The regulation of certain companies that provide for-profit legal service contracts. Governor Signed 5/26/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • SB 2065 by Hancock / Kuempel - LSC The licensing and regulation of certain occupations and activities. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Health Professions (General)

  • HB 2561 by Thompson, Senfronia POD, Health Professions - The continuation and functions of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and the regulation of certain prescription drugs, prescription drug prescribers and dispensers, and colleges of pharmacy; authorizing a reduction in fees. Governor Signed 6/9/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • HB 4007 by Kuempel / Zaffirini MID, SPA, HFD, DYS, ATH, MAS, OPS, DTN, CEO, SAN, MLD - The licensing and regulation of health-related occupations transferred to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • SB 1107 by Schwertner / Price Health Professions - Telemedicine and telehealth services. Governor Signed 5/27/17; Effective Immediately (except 1455.006 9/1/17).

Hearing Instrument Fitters & Dispensers

  • HB 490 by Anderson, Rodney HFD - Health benefit plan coverage of hearing aids and cochlear implants for certain individuals. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17; Some provisions: 1/1/18.
  • HB 1543 by Burkett / Watson HFD - Access to records that pertain to the testing for, and fitting and dispensing of, hearing instruments. Governor Signed 6/9/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Massage Therapists

  • HB 240 by Hernandez / Huffman MAS - Evidence in a suit to abate certain common nuisances. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • HB 2552 by Thompson, Senfronia / Huffman MAS - Prostitution and trafficking of persons and to certain criminal and civil consequences of that conduct. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Midwives

  • HB 2886 by Klick / Burton MID - Limiting the liability of certain healthcare providers. Governor Signed 6/9/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Service Contract Providers

  • HB 2275 by Paddie / Hughes SCP - The regulation of a service contract. Governor Signed 6/9/17; Effective 9/1/17.
  • SB 1199 by Campbell / Minjarez SCP - Service contract providers. Governor Signed 6/1/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Temporary Common Worker Providers

  • SB 2065 by Hancock / Kuempel - TCW The licensing and regulation of certain occupations and activities. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Towing, Booting & VSF

  • HB 1247 by Pickett / Nichols TOW/VSF - Notice provided to vehicle owners and lienholders by operators of vehicle storage facilities. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective Immediately.
  • HB 2615 by Goldman / Hancock TOW/VSF - Licensing of towing operators and vehicle storage facility employees by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Governor signed 6/15/17; effective 9/1/17.
  • SB 1501 by Zaffirini / Kuempel TOW/BOOT - The regulation of motor vehicle towing, booting, and storage and to the elimination of required state licensing for vehicle booting companies and operators. Governor signed 6/15/17; effective immediately, except Sections 7, 10, and 20(b) effective 9/1/18.
  • SB 2065 by Hancock / Kuempel TOW/BOOT - The licensing and regulation of certain occupations and activities. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Vehicle Protection Product Warrantors

  • SB 2065 by Hancock / Kuempel - VPP The licensing and regulation of certain occupations and activities. Governor Signed 6/15/17; Effective 9/1/17.

Water Well Drillers

  • SB 2068 by Buckingham WWD - The plugging or capping of abandoned, deteriorated, open, or uncovered water wells in the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District. Governor Signed 6/12/17; Effective Immediately.