Second Special Session: City-Related Bills Filed
2S.J.R. 8 (Campbell) – Rainy Day Fund: would amend the Texas Constitution to expressly provide that the state’s Rainy Day Fund may be used to: (1) repay state debt; (2) reduce state taxes; (3) pay costs associated with a state of disaster declared by the governor; or (4) pay costs associated with a natural disaster or an emergency identified by the legislature.
2S.B. 28 (Davis) – Employment Discrimination: would track the language of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and would: (1) extend the statute of limitations on pay discrimination claims to include every instance an individual is paid based on a past discriminatory decision made by an employer; and (2) allow back pay and benefit damages for up to two years preceding the date of filing a complaint for pay discrimination. (Companion bill is 2H.B. 23 by Thompson.)
2S.B. 21 (Campell) – Concealed Handguns: would authorize a concealed handgun license holder to carry a concealed handgun in certain places that are currently prohibited, such as an amusement park, hospital, or place of religious worship.
2H.B. 36 (Burnam) – Transportation Funding: would authorize the use of existing state transportation dollars for design-build contracts for transportation projects in certain circumstances.
2H.B. 37 (Burnam) – Transportation Funding: would tie the rates of the state gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to the increase in the Consumer Price Index.
2H.B. 38 (Frank) – Transportation Funding: would provide that, beginning in increments in 2015 and completed in 2018, the net revenue derived from the state sales tax imposed on the sale of a motor vehicle sold in this state shall be deposited to the credit of the state highway fund.
2H.B. 31 (Larson) – Water Rate Proceedings: would provide that a county, on behalf of water rate payers in unincorporated areas of the county, may intervene as a party in a water rate proceeding at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.