OPPOSED BILLS
Bill Status Report
04-25-2019 - 00:21:53

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Track: Opposed Bills   

HB 2   Burrows, Dustin Relating to ad valorem taxation.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Hinders funding for public safety. Prevents long term planning associated with multi-year agreements.

SB 2 - CBW Testified against 2/6/19. HB 2 - Signed up against 2/27/19.

Bill History: 04-24-19 H Postponed on second reading until 10:00 a.m., Tuesday,
April 30, 2019

HB 147   Moody, Joe Relating to access to certain law enforcement, corrections, and prosecutorial records under the public information law.
Remarks: OPPOSED: Opens up department records on officers subject to a criminal or internal investigation. Would allow for the release when a peace officer is subject of an investigation, even if the investigation ultimately is unfounded or unsubstantiated.

HB 147: Testified against on 2/27/19. Have met with the author and discussed changes.

Bill History: 04-24-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House State Affairs

HB 171   Canales, Terry Relating to the admissibility of evidence in an asset forfeiture proceeding and the seizure and forfeiture of certain property.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Limits property that can be seized. Only would allow seizure of contraband, not property lawful to own.
Bill History: 04-15-19 H Not heard in committee House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 182   Canales, Terry Relating to criminal asset forfeiture proceedings.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Changes standard for seizure from preponderance of the evidence, to "clear and convincing" evidence. Limits transfer of seized assets to federal government.
Bill History: 04-15-19 H Not heard in committee House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 215   Reynolds, Ron Relating to the appointment by the attorney general of a special prosecutor to prosecute certain offenses that are committed by certain peace officers and that result in serious bodily injury or death.
Remarks: OPPOSED: Requires special prosecutor for all officer-involved injury or death.
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 246   Farrar, Jessica Relating to abolishing the death penalty.
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 336   Dutton, Harold Relating to abolishing the death penalty.
Remarks: OPPOSE: CWJ: Met with Dutton's staff on 3/13/18.

Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 357   Stickland, Jonathan Relating to the carrying of a firearm by a person who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing the firearm and to criminal offenses otherwise related to the carrying of a firearm.
Remarks: Constitutional Carry
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 404   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to repealing civil asset forfeiture provisions and establishing criminal asset forfeiture in this state.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Re-write of asset forfeiture statute. Limits what can be seized. Requires conviction to seize property.
Bill History: 04-15-19 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 472   Dutton, Harold Relating to the extent of a defendant's criminal responsibility for the conduct of a coconspirator in a capital murder case.
Remarks: OPPOSE: CWJ: Met with Dutton's staff on 3/13/18.
Bill History: 04-15-19 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 479   Dutton, Harold Relating to asset forfeiture proceedings under the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Requires conviction to seize property. CWJ: Met with Dutton's staff on 3/13/18.
Bill History: 04-15-19 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 482   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to a limitation on the authority to arrest a person for certain misdemeanors punishable by fine only.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Prohibits arrest for "fine only" (Class C) offense.
Bill History: 04-03-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 521   Dutton, Harold Relating to the charging instrument in the prosecution of the offense of resisting arrest.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Back door attempt to attack the validity of the resisting charge if the underlying offense is dismissed or invalid. The law already provides that it is offense even if the arrest is unlawful.

HB 521 CWJ: Testified against on 3/4/19. RO: Submitted memo of opp to committee 3/18/19.

Bill History: 03-04-19 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 546   Canales, Terry Relating to a study and report by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement on certain training and education requirements for law enforcement officers.
Remarks: OPPOSE:

Numerous discussions with author's staff prior to session.

Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 561   Thierry, Shawn Relating to civilian complaint review boards in certain municipalities and counties.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Civilian review board for municipality with a population of 2 million or more or county with population of 3.3 million or more.
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 647   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to the disciplinary actions that may be taken against police officers in certain municipalities.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Amends 142, 143, and 174. Mandates a disciplinary matrix. Would prohibit contract superseding law on this subject.

HB 647: CWJ testified against on 3/14/19.

Bill History: 03-14-19 H Committee action pending House Urban Affairs

HB 745   Rose, Toni Relating to the duties and powers of peace officers.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Amends 2.13 CCP and changes duty to arrest from "shall" to "may". Repeals 2.14 and 2.15 provisions on summoning aid and requirement to act when summoned. RO: RO/CBW informed staffer of opposition 3/18/19.
Bill History: 04-16-19 H Removed from hearing 04/17/19 House Homeland Security and Public S

HB 772   Davis, Sarah Relating to the offense of operating certain vehicles without a license plate.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Exempts front license plate from certain vehicles.
Bill History: 02-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Transportation

HB 796   Thierry, Shawn Relating to civilian complaint review boards in certain municipalities and counties.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Civilian review boards in municipalities over 1 million and counties over 2 million. Limits membership of board. Requires municipal or county attorney to investigate complaints forwarded by board. Allows board to issue subpoenas.

HB 796: We have communicated our concerns to staff on this bill.

Bill History: 02-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 804   Johnson, Jarvis Relating to the authority of peace officers to conduct certain searches.
Remarks: OPPOSED: Limits ability to conduct consent searches or seize evidence unless specific rules are followed. A body camera or dashcam malfunction could result in evidence being thrown out.
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 887   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to the use of force to make an arrest or search and law enforcement policies regarding de-escalation and proportionate response.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Requires each agency adopt a policy regarding de-escalation and proportionate response. Requires additional training. Requires TCOLE adopt a model policy. Multiple changes to use of force standards in Penal Code.
Bill History: 04-02-19 H Removed from hearing 04/03/19 House Homeland Security and Public S

HB 943   Dutton, Harold Relating to an offense report prepared in the investigation of a criminal case.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Requires that an offense report prepared in the investigation of a criminal case must be signed by each peace officer who contributed information to the report.

CWJ: Met with Dutton's staff on 3/13/18.

Bill History: 04-03-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 1359   Wu, Gene Relating to an attorney's entrance into a building that houses a court by presentation of the attorney's state bar membership card.
Remarks: An attorney licensed to practice law in this state may present the attorney's state bar membership card instead of an identification card issued or authorized for issuance by a county or municipality. A county or municipality may not adopt or enforce an order or ordinance that conflicts.
Bill History: 04-18-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprude

HB 1615   Schaefer, Matt Relating to the state's burden of proof in certain asset forfeiture proceedings under the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Changes language on standard of proof in asset forfeiture cases. Changes burden to the state instead of the property owner.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 1654   Goldman, Craig Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Limits local control of labor issues not already regulated by the state. Though this applies to employee benefits regulated locally for private business, it could easily spill over to limit benefits for public employees.

SB 15: CBW signed up against on 2/28/19

Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs

HB 1957   Dutton, Harold Relating to a provision of a contract that conflicts with state law.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Prohibits superseding state law in a contract. Does not exempt meet & confer and bargaining contracts.

CWJ: Met with Dutton's staff on 3/13/18.

Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry

HB 2015   Dutton, Harold Relating to searches, seizures and raids by Special Weapons and Tactics teams.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Requires that every member of a SWAT team have a body camera. Limits deployment of a SWAT team. Makes assumptions about imminent threat. Requires SWAT Reports annually. Requires release of the recordings made by SWAT teams.

CWJ: Met with Dutton's staff on 3/13/18.

Bill History: 04-03-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 2286   Oliverson, Tom Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to certain firearm accessories and prohibiting the enforcement of certain federal laws related to certain firearm accessories.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Prohibits enforcement of a federal statute or rule regulating a firearm suppressor if it is not a violation of state law. Removes firearm silence from the Penal Code.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House State Affairs

HB 2382   Dutton, Harold Relating to the classification of certain conduct by juveniles constituting the offense of evading detention.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Amends Family Code and reclassifies the offense of evading arrest or detention by a juvenile from being considered "delinquent conduct" to the less serious category of "conduct indicating a need for supervision" if the offense was a Class A misdemeanor.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues

HB 2396   Lozano, Jose Relating to the accrual of interest on annuity and other payments made to certain retirees who have resumed employment within the Texas Municipal Retirement System.
Remarks: OPPOSE: TMRS Return to work bill.
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Servi

HB 2499   Springer, Drew Relating to prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression by the intrusive touching of persons seeking access to public buildings and transportation.
Remarks: OPPOSED: (TSA Bill) Criminalizes a search without effective consent for the purpose of granting access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Meeting set for 2:00 P.M. OR ADJ., E2.016 House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 2586   Leach, Jeff Relating to direct campaign expenditures by political committees.
Remarks: RO: RO/CBW informed staffer of opposition 3/6/19. New definition for "In-kind contribution". Limits use of website for posting endorsements. Limits meeting with candidates campaign and staff and requires affidavits when you do. Allows labor organization to contribute to campaign?
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Elections

HB 2662   Paul, Dennis Relating to voter approval of the issuance of certain obligations by municipalities to pay their unfunded liabilities to a public pension fund.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Requires voter approval to issue obligation bonds of $50 million or more. Companion to SB 957.
Bill History: 04-11-19 H Committee action pending House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services

HB 2754   White, James Relating to the issuance of a citation or notice to appear for certain misdemeanors punishable by fine only and the court's authority to order a defendant confined in jail for failure to pay a fine.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Prohibits arrests for Class C or fine only offenses other than assault. Met with Rep. by request 3/26/2019.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 3464   Hinojosa, Gina Relating to civil service commission hearings for certain disciplinary actions against police officers in certain municipalities.
Remarks: OPPOSED: Exempts certain disciplinary procedures in civil service from being changed in meet & confer. RO:RO/CBW spoke with staffer about opposition 3/18/19.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.010 House Urban Affairs

HB 3757   Gonzalez, Jessica (F) Relating to a law enforcement policy regarding body worn cameras.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Would remove the guarantee now existing in the the law that allows officers to review video before giving a statement.
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 3910   Sherman, Carl (F) Relating to the establishment of one or more supplemental county civil service commissions in certain counties.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Amends Chapter 158 to provide for supplemental civil service commissions in counties with a population of 2 million or more (Dallas).

Bills by Neave and West OPPOSED last session. RO: RO/CBW spoke with staffer, dropped informal "card" in office indicating opposition 3/19/2019.

Bill History: 04-24-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House County Affairs

HB 3918   Dutton, Harold Relating to suits against certain governmental employees.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Allows suits against peace officers for assault, battery, false imprisonment, or any other tort.

CWJ: Met with Dutton's staff on 3/13/18.

Bill History: 04-23-19 H Committee action pending House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence

HB 4041   Toth, Steve Relating to prohibiting the enforcement of certain federal laws.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Creates new Penal Code provision that would make it a crime to enforce certain federal laws. Opposed to any new crime that would expose peace officers to the political consequences of determining whether or not to enforce existing statutes.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Not heard in committee House State Affairs

HB 4337   Bohac, Dwayne Relating to positions designated as exempt from sheriff's department civil service systems in certain counties.
Remarks: OPPOSED: Changes exempt positions in Sheriff's Departments. Raises positions to 12 for counties with a population of 900, 000 or less. In counties with 900,000 or more, the sheriff can designate any position deemed as a specialist as exempt and total positions are raised from 15 to 30 in a county with 3 million or more. Meet & Confer would allow each county to negotiate this provision.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.028 House County Affairs

HB 4339   Bohac, Dwayne Relating to the authority of certain counties to use an alternate work period for county peace officers.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Amends changes 157.022 limits on maximum hours a deputy can be required to work.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House County Affairs

HB 4421   Goldman, Craig Relating to political advertising.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Would prohibit office holders from being held accountable in advertising for positions they take or actions they take while in office.
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Elections

HB 4571   Coleman, Garnet Relating to criminal justice.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Includes provision to limit consent searches and prohibit fine only arrests (Class C).
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 4587   Smithee, John Relating to optional annuity increases for certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Texas Municipal Retirement System and related distribution requirements.
Remarks: OPPOSED
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Servi

HJR 22   Reynolds, Ron Proposing a constitutional amendment to require the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to prosecute certain offenses that are committed by peace officers.
Remarks: OPPOSED: Requires Attorney General to appoint special prosecutor for all officer-involved injury or death.
Bill History: 02-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HJR 30   Burns, DeWayne Proposing a constitutional amendment to restrict the power of the legislature to mandate requirements on a municipality or county.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Would require an election to amend the constitution to prohibit the legislature from passing an law that is an unfunded mandate.
Bill History: 02-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs

SB 2   Bettencourt, Paul Relating to ad valorem taxation.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Hinders funding for public safety. Prevents long term planning associated with multi-year agreements.

SB 2 - CBW Testified against 2/6/19. HB 2 - Signed up against 2/27/19.

Bill History: 04-16-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Ways and Means

SB 15   Creighton, Brandon Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Limits local control of labor issues not already regulated by the state. Though this applies to employee benefits regulated locally for private business, it could easily spill over to limit benefits for public employees.

SB 15: CBW signed up against on 2/28/19

Bill History: 04-08-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for

SB 126   West, Royce Relating to the establishment of one or more supplemental county civil service commissions in certain counties.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Amends Chapter 158 to provide for supplemental civil service commissions in counties with a population of 2 million or more (Dallas).

Bills by Neave and West OPPOSED last session.

Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 247   Hinojosa, Chuy Relating to criminal asset forfeiture proceedings.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Changes standard for seizure from preponderance of the evidence, to "clear and convincing" evidence. Limits transfer of seized assets to federal government.
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 294   Lucio, Eddie Relating to abolishing the death penalty.
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 332   West, Royce Relating to preventing racial profiling and to video and audio equipment and recordings of certain law enforcement motor vehicle stops.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Does not include provisions related to "law enforcement purpose" and the right to view the video before being required to give a statement.
Bill History: 03-26-19 S Committee action pending Senate Criminal Justice

SB 363   Watson, Kirk Relating to access to certain controlled substance prescription information.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Prohibits law enforcement access to official prescription information without a warrant, subpoena or court order. Currently DPS has access to prescription information through an electronic portal maintained by DPS with information provided by the Pharmacy Board. The bill repeals the provisions in 481.076, Health & Safety Code that authorizes the exchange of this information.
Bill History: 03-28-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

SB 433   Hinojosa, Chuy Relating to the disclosure restrictions on personnel files of police officers of municipalities that have adopted certain civil service laws.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Separates police from fire on how personnel files are handled in civil service and opens police files up to the public. RO: RO/CBW informed staffer of opposition 3/19/19. Met on Senator's request 4/2/19.
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 651   West, Royce Relating to the charging instrument in the prosecution of the offense of resisting arrest.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Back door attempt to attack the validity of the resisting charge if the underlying offense is dismissed or invalid. The law already provides that it is offense even if the arrest is unlawful.

HB 521 CWJ: Testified against on 3/4/19.

Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 680   Fallon, Pat (F) Relating to the maximum service retirement annuity for members of public retirement systems.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Sets limits on the maximum amount of retirement benefits. Applies to future employees only. Tied to gross salary of a member of the U.S. Armed Services Pay Grade O-10.
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 762   Campbell, Donna Relating to wages and employment benefits.
Remarks: OPPOSED: Prohibits a City or County from adopted or enforcing a ordinance or rule that requires an employer to provide employment benefits.
Bill History: 04-12-19 S Removed from hearing 04/15/19 Senate State Affairs

SB 782   West, Royce Relating to a law enforcement policy regarding a peace officer accessing a recording from the officer's body worn camera.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Would limit officer to only seeing their own video before giving a statement instead of all video available.

SB 782: CWJ met with Senator West on 2/28/19.

Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 957   Bettencourt, Paul
Paul, Dennis
Relating to voter approval of the issuance of certain obligations by municipalities to pay their unfunded liabilities to a public pension fund.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Requires voter approval to issue obligation bonds of $50 million or more.
Bill History: 04-18-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services

SB 1335   Bettencourt, Paul Relating to municipal control of certain local public retirement systems.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Allows local governments to supersede state retirement provision by adopting a resolution or ordinance.
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 1980   Hughes, Bryan Relating to direct campaign expenditures by political committees.
Remarks: OPPOSED:
Bill History: 04-25-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 A.M., Senate Chamber Senate State Affairs

SB 2010   Buckingham, Dawn Relating to a limitation on the authority to arrest a person for certain misdemeanors punishable by fine only.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Prohibits arrest for "fine only" (Class C) offense. RO: RO/CBW informed staffer of opposition 3/19/19.
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 2313   Zaffirini, Judith Relating to the authority of certain counties to use an alternate work period for county peace officers.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Amends changes 157.022 limits on maximum hours a deputy can be required to work.
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SJR 10   Buckingham, Dawn Proposing a constitutional amendment to restrict the power of the legislature to mandate requirements on a municipality or county.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Would require an election to amend the constitution to prohibit the legislature from passing an law that is an unfunded mandate.
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce


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