Serving the Church in Texas
Master List (All Bills)

HB 4

This bill establishes a sliding scale for the levels of monetary assistance for foster caregivers and puts in place penalties for fraud. The TCCB supports this bill which provides greater levels of assistance to foster parents at lower income levels.

HB 5

This bill moves the Department of Family Services out of the Health and Human Services Commission to function as a stand alone state agency. The TCCB supports this bill which allows for greater efficiency and focus on the needs of families involved in the protective services system.

HB 6

This bill creates a regional community based foster care system. The TCCB supports this bill which respects the value of regional and local communities in developing local solutions for families involved with the protective services system.

approve

HB 42

This bill creates a tax credit for businesses who provide tuition assistance for college for persons in low income areas. The TCCB supports this bill which provides greater access to education for families.


approveHB 50

This bill allows judges to assign community service to reduce or eliminate fines for low-income offenders. The TCCB supports this bill to show financial mercy and better enable offenders to rehabilitate.


rejectHB 52

This "anti-sanctuary cities" bill requires local law enforcement to ask immigration status of someone lawfully detained and withholds state funding from entities who do not comply. The TCCB opposes this bill which punishes local entities for not enforcing complex federal law.

This bill prohibits local law enforcement from detention and search based suspicion of immigration violations unless officers are acting at the request of ICE. This sanctuary cities bill exempts hospitals and schools from the requirements that cities or counties may not prohibit employees from verifying the immigration status or reporting an undocumented person to ICE if the person is lawfully detained or under investigation for criminal offense. Prohibits race, color, language or national origin from consideration in enforcement of immigration violations.

approveHB 64

This bill repeals the use of the death penalty in Texas while still allowing life without parole. The TCCB supports this bill to end the use of the death penalty.


approveHB 65

This bill institutes a six month waiting period for divorce when there is a child under eighteen or still in high school or an adult disabled child living in the household. The TCCB supports this bill to provide more time for counseling and other support to protect marriages.

Note: There is an exemption in the bill for cases of family violence and those under protective orders.

approve

HB 68

This bill expands public school choice eligibility to all special education students, and then provides them transportation. The TCCB supports this bill which provides greater access to parental choice in education.

approveHB 72

This bill allows victim-offender mediation for first time offenders in misdemeanor or state jail felony cases for both juveniles and adults. The TCCB supports this bill which creates new for restorative justice opportunities.

approveHB 86

This bill allows for a tax refund or tax credit for businesses who hire employees who are former criminal offenders. The TCCB supports this bill which provides incentives for employers who assist in the entry of former offenders.

approveHB 87

This bill repeals the provisions of statute that allow for abortion after 20 weeks if the baby has s severe and irreversible abnormality. The TCCB supports this bill which recognizes the humanity of unborn children with disabilities.

approveHB 88

This bill extends parental sick leave rights to parents caring for foster children. The TCCB supports this bill which increases the parental sick leave rights of foster parents.

approveHB 93

This bill repeals no fault divorce. The TCCB supports this bill which removes the ability for a spouse to end a marriage without cause.

approve

HB 122

This "raise the age" bill changes the ages for a juvenile to 18 in order to comply with Supreme Court decisions. The TCC supports this bill to reform juvenile justice processes in Texas.

reject

HB 124

This "anti-sanctuary cities" bill requires local law enforcement to ask immigration status of someone lawfully detained and withholds state funding from entities who do not comply. The TCCB opposes this bill which punishes local entities for not enforcing complex federal law.

rejectHB 149

This "anti-sanctuary cities" bill requires local law enforcement to ask immigration status of someone lawfully detained and withholds state funding from entities who do not comply. The TCCB opposes this bill which punishes local entities for not enforcing complex federal law.

approveHB 144

This bill requires monthly electronic abortion reporting by abortion facilities. The TCCB supports this bill which increases the transparency of abortion reporting data.


approveHB 147

This bill prohibits the use of the death penalty when the person is convicted solely through the law of parities. The TCCB supports this bill which prevents the use of the death penalty against persons who did not personally commit murder.

rejectHB 149

This "anti-sanctuary cities" bill requires local law enforcement to ask immigration status of someone lawfully detained and withholds state funding from entities who do not comply. The TCCB opposes this bill which punishes local entities for not enforcing complex federal law.

rejectHB 153

This bill prohibits cities and counties from establishing local rules or ordinances for entities who have a state license. The TCCB opposes this bill as it violates the principal of subsidiarity and local control.

approveHB 189

This bill puts into statute the Basic Allotment amount which was previously only contained in the 2015 General Appropriations Act. The TCCB supports this bill because changes in education funding through the Basic Allotment minimize inequity and inefficiency.

approveHB 196

This bill allows for free universal pre-kindergarten for 4-year-old children. The TCCB supports this bill to increase access to pre-kindergarten programs.


approveHB 197

This bill requires that payday and auto-title lending loan disclosure be provided in English and Spanish. The TCCB supports this bill as it allows for greater transparency in loan disclosure.

HB 200

This bill bans partial birth abortion including the creation of a criminal penalty for the physician and a civil cause of action for the father. This bill also prohibits fetal tissue research from abortion victims. The TCCB supports this bill to allow prosecution and penalty for the crime of partial birth abortion and to prevent the sale of the bodies of children lost to the tragedy of abortion.


approveHB 201

This bill requires the proper burial or cremation of unborn children lost through miscarriage or abortion. The TCCB supports this bill to provide proper respect to the remains of unborn children.

approveHB 202

This bill requires the Texas Workforce Commission to publish a list of employers that have been penalized for wage theft violations for up to three years since the violation. The TCCB supports this bill as a deterrent to wage theft in Texas.

HB 218

This bill extends criminal penalties to private school personnel engaged in inappropriate relationships with students and creates a state jail felony for concealment of child sexual abuse. The TCCB supports this bill which seeks to create a safer school environment.

rejectHB 222

This bill requires the Children's Health Insurance Plan to include contraceptive coverage. The TCCB opposes this bill to require access to contraception for children.


approveHB 223

This bill allows state funds to be used to pay for child care services for students at risk of dropping out. The TCCB supports this bill to discourage dropouts and provide assistance with child care for teen parents.

approveHB 239

This bill requires reporting from jails regarding the implementation of policies for adequate care to pregnant prisoners. The TCC supports this bill to improve care to pregnant women confined in jail.
approveHB 269

This bill would allow individuals who have been convicted of prostitution to have their records sealed if a court finds that the person was a victim of human trafficking or compelled into prostitution. The TCCB supports this bill because it seeks to restore the dignity of human trafficking victims.

approveHB 272

This bill requires that applicants for commercial truck licenses participate in a training class on recognition and reporting of human trafficking. The TCCB supports this bill to increase education to rescue victims of trafficking.


approveHB 274

This bill extends the Down Syndrome education act to include awareness and treatment referral information for spina bifida. The TCCB supports this bill to increase parental awareness of resources to assist parents whose children are diagnosed with spina bifida.

approveHB 278

This bill establishes a task force to assess the public and private costs of providing humanitarian relief to refugee children. The TCCB supports this bill to better assess and provide for the needs of children seeking asylum.

approveHB 292

This bill allows for an expansion of Medicaid in certain border counties. The TCCB supports this bill to provide access to healthcare for low income families.

approveHB 316

This bill prohibits the imposition of the capital punishment upon defendants found guilty of helping another person commit a capital felony. The TCCB supports this bill because we oppose the imposition of the death penalty upon defendants who did not themselves commit a capital offense, and opposes the imposition of capital punishment.

rejectHB 328

This "anti-sanctuary cities" bill requires local law enforcement to ask immigration status of someone lawfully detained and creates a liability for localities. The TCCB opposes this bill which punishes local entities for not enforcing complex federal law.

rejectHB 330

This bill allows teens who are pregnant or have children to consent to medical treatment for contraception without their parent's involvement. The TCCB opposes this bill as an erosion of parental rights.

approveHB 353

This bill allows additional funding for behavioral health specialists in school districts with more than half of the students are educationally disadvantaged or homeless. The TCCB supports this bill to increase behavioral health services to those in need.

approve HB 367

This bill allows a school campus to donate excess food to non-profit organizations to provide food for hungry families. The TCCB supports this bill to feed hungry families.

approveHB 373

This bill requires a penalty for wage theft, rather than making it subject to the discretion of the commission examiner. The TCCB supports this bill as a deterrent to wage theft in Texas.

rejectHB 393

This bill eliminates the Texas DREAM Act which allows resident tuition for undocumented immigrants who completed high school in Texas. The TCCB opposes this bill which reduces access to affordable tuition for tax paying residents of Texas.

approveHB 434

This bill prohibits lawsuits for wrongful birth. The TCCB supports this bill which recognizes that all children deserve to be born.

reject

HB 439

This bill changes the advance directives form to remove a reference to the law's applicability to pregnant women. The TCCB opposes this bill because it decreases transparency.

HB 491

This bill adds the violation of continuous trafficking of persons to the offenses requiring registration as a sex offender. The TCCB supports this bill to punish traffickers.

approveHB 507

This bill expands Medicaid coverage to all people qualified for federal matching funds. The TCCB supports this bill to expand healthcare coverage for low income families.

HB 565

This bill seeks to fund rural districts based only on student attendance rather than geographic size. The TCCB supports this bill as a step toward a student-centered school finance system.

HB 580

This bill prohibits refugees from using driver's licenses for employment or public benefits. The TCCB opposes this bill which denies access to benefits that refugees currently have and need to become self-sufficient.

rejectHB 611

This "anti-sanctuary cities" requires compliance with ICE detainers, preempts local law enforcement policies, and denies state grant funds for cities who do not use local law enforcement for federal enforcement of immigration laws. The TCCB opposes this bill which requires local police to enforce complex federal immigration laws and has the potential to undermine public safety and the well-being of the community.

HB 729

This bill directs public school districts to adopt character trait education programs. The TCCB supports this bill to create public school programs that focus on character and values.

HB 741

This bill requires payday and auto-title lenders to verify a consumer's ability to repay a loan in a reasonable time period before extending a loan. The TCCB supports this bill to ensure that a consumer has the ability to repay a loan.

HB 753

This bill eliminates the Texas DREAM Act which allows resident tuition for undocumented immigrants who completed high school in Texas. The TCCB opposes this bill which reduces access to affordable tuition for tax paying residents of Texas.

HB 754

This "anti-sanctuary cities" requires compliance with ICE detainers, preempts local law enforcement policies, and denies state grant funds for cities who do not use local law enforcement for federal enforcement of immigration laws. The TCCB opposes this bill which requires local police to enforce complex federal immigration laws and has the potential to undermine public safety and the well-being of the community.

HB 762

This "anti-sanctuary cities" requires compliance with ICE detainers, preempts local law enforcement policies, and denies state grant funds for cities who do not use local law enforcement for federal enforcement of immigration laws. The TCCB opposes this bill which requires local police to enforce complex federal immigration laws and has the potential to undermine public safety and the well-being of the community.

HB 763

This "anti-sanctuary cities" bill requires local law enforcement to ask immigration status of someone lawfully detained and withholds state funding from entities who do not comply. The TCCB opposes this bill which punishes local entities for not enforcing complex federal law.

HB 764

This bill creates civil liability for a local government that releases an immigrant with an ICE detainer if that immigrant commits a felony within four years of release. The TCCB opposes this bill which will result in costs local citizens based on the actions of others.

HB 765

This bill would deny state funding to local communities for failure to use an E-verify program. The TCCB opposes this bill because the potential economic harm to the state’s economy and local service delivery appears to outweigh the minimal benefits this bill seeks to achieve.

HB 767

This bill removes in-state tuition for undocumented residents of Texas. The TCCB opposes this bill which prevents access to education for children who are high school graduates from Texas public schools.

HB 825

This bill puts in place protections to ensure that victims and witnesses of crimes are not inappropriately targeted for immigration violations. The TCCB supports this bill to improve community policing.

HB 810

This bill allows for patients with a terminal illness to access investigational adult stem cell treatments with physician approval. The TCCB supports this bill to provide research and access to ethically appropriate adult stem cell treatments.

HB 826

This bill requires the comptroller to compiles an annual comprehensive financial analysis of the impact of undocumented immigrants on the state budget and economy. The TCCB supports this bill because it addresses both the costs and contributions of immigrants to the economy.

HB 871

This bill allows DFPS to cooperate with non-profits, including faith based organizations, regarding services available in the community. The TCCB supports this bill which increases access to parenting resources and prevents investigations based solely on a request from a parent for a list of community resources.

HB 877

This bill prohibits payday and auto-title lenders from making telemarketing calls to the general public. The TCCB supports this bill which curbs predatory lending practices.

HB 889

This "anti-sanctuary cities" requires compliance with ICE detainers, preempts local law enforcement policies, and denies state grant funds for cities who do not use local law enforcement for federal enforcement of immigration laws. The TCCB opposes this bill which requires local police to enforce complex federal immigration laws and has the potential to undermine public safety and the well-being of the community.

HB 921

This "anti-sanctuary cities" bill requires local law enforcement to ask immigration status of someone lawfully detained and withholds state funding from entities who do not comply. The TCCB opposes this bill which punishes local entities for not enforcing complex federal law.

HB 928

This bill encourages community collaboration to assist children in foster care in applying for college. The TCCB supports this bill which increases access to education and provides practical assistance to children aging out of foster care.

HB 975

This bill prohibits payday and auto-title lenders from filing or threatening to file criminal charges for non-payment of a payday or auto-title loan. The TCCB supports this bill which clarifies the prohibition on threats of criminal charges related to payday and auto-title loans.


HB 1109

This "anti-sanctuary cities" requires compliance with ICE detainers, preempts local law enforcement policies, and denies state grant funds for cities who do not use local law enforcement for federal enforcement of immigration laws. The TCCB opposes this bill which requires local police to enforce complex federal immigration laws and has the potential to undermine public safety and the well-being of the community.

HB 1068

This bill adds fetal development to the essential knowledge and skills for health curriculum. The TCCB supports this bill to better educate children about the development of the human person.

HB 1113

This bill prohibits abortion coverage on the health care benefit exchanges and other insurance plans. The TCCB supports this bill to ensure that Texans are not required to fund abortion when they purchase insurance.

HB 1134

This bill adopts statewide the payday and auto-title lending regulations passed in almost 40 cities throughout the state along with strong provisions to limit fees through their inclusion in borrowing limits. The TCC supports this bill as a positive step forward in reforming predatory lending practices.

HB 1184

This bill creates a school choice corporate tax credit that would enable insurance companies to contribute to a non-profit scholarship for low income students to attend accredited private schools or for public school students to participate in after school care programs. The TCCB supports this bill to increase parental choice in education.

HB 1308

This "anti-sanctuary cities" requires compliance with ICE detainers, preempts local law enforcement policies, and denies state grant funds for cities who do not use local law enforcement for federal enforcement of immigration laws. The TCCB opposes this bill which requires local police to enforce complex federal immigration laws and has the potential to undermine public safety and the well-being of the community.

HB 1537

This bill repeals the use of the death penalty in Texas while still allowing life without parole. The TCCB supports this bill to end the use of the death penalty.

HB 1583

This bill allows private schools to implement policies on maintenance, administration, and disposal of epi-pens. The TCCB supports this bill to provide better access to epi-pens for children with severe allergies.

HB 1542

This bill requires the department of public safety to place foster children in the least restrictive environment. The TCCB supports this bill which ensures that foster children are placed close to their current community in homes that are best able to meet their needs.

HB 1549

This bill improves investigations of fatalities or near fatalities for foster care children and increases faith-based recruitment of foster care families. The TCCB supports this bill that makes vital improvements to the foster care system including increasing prevention and early intervention services.

HB 1766

This bill terminates the rights of a parent who has been convicted of sexual assault of the child's other parent. The TCCB supports this bill to protect children from persons convicted of sexual assault.

rejectHJR 24

This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment that prohibits state funding for a voucher program to pay for any part of a student's attendance at a private school. The TCCB opposes this bill which limits opportunities for parental choice in education.

rejectSB 4

This "anti-sanctuary cities" requires compliance with ICE detainers, preempts local law enforcement policies, and denies state grant funds for cities who do not use local law enforcement for federal enforcement of immigration laws. The TCCB opposes this bill which requires local police to enforce complex federal immigration laws and has the potential to undermine public safety and the well-being of the community.

SB 7

This bill extends criminal penalties to private school personnel engaged in inappropriate relationships with students and creates a state jail felony for concealment of child sexual abuse. The TCCB supports this bill which seeks to create a safer school environment.

approveSB 8

This bill bans partial birth abortion including the creation of a criminal penalty for the physician and a civil cause of action for the father. This bill also prohibits fetal tissue research from abortion victims. The TCCB supports this bill to allow prosecution and penalty for the crime of partial birth abortion and to prevent the sale of the bodies of children lost to the tragedy of abortion.

SB 12

This bill creates a grant program for law enforcement agencies to provide bullet-proof vests to officers. The TCCB supports this bill to increase safety for community servants.

SB 20

This bill prohibits abortion coverage on the health care benefit exchanges and other insurance plans. The TCCB supports this bill to ensure that Texans are not required to fund abortion when they purchase insurance.

approveSB 25

This bill prohibits lawsuits for wrongful birth. The TCCB supports this bill which recognizes that all children deserve to be born.

approveSB 35

This bill allows for free universal pre-kindergarten for 4-year-old children. The TCCB supports this bill to increase access to pre-kindergarten programs.


approveSB 53

This bill extends eligibility for Medicaid from six months to one year. The TCCB supports this bill to increase healthcare coverage for children.

approveSB 77

This bill terminates the rights of a parent who has been convicted of sexual assault of the child's other parent. The TCCB supports this bill to protect children from persons convicted of sexual assault.

reject

SB 85

This bill requires the use of E-verify for state contractors and grant recipients and authorizes suspension of licenses by private employers who hire undocumented workers. The TCCB opposes this bill because of the high error rate of the E-verify program.

approveSB 128

This bill requires that applicants for commercial truck licenses participate in a training class on recognition and reporting of human trafficking. The TCCB supports this bill to increase education to rescue victims of trafficking.

approveSB 139

This bill includes abortion facilities, birthing centers, and drug treatment programs in agency regulation for adverse actions. The TCCB supports this bill to increase transparency of providers with adverse rulings.

rejectSB 141

This bill requires eligibility for federal financial aid in order to receive TEXAS grants for state financial aid. The TCCB opposes this bill because it penalizes tax-paying Texas residents.

rejectSB 157

This bill changes Texas statue recognizing marriage as between one man and one woman to between two individuals regardless of gender. This TCCB opposes this bill which codifies same sex unions as marriage in Texas law.

rejectSB 163

This bill requires the Children's Health Insurance Plan to include contraceptive coverage. The TCCB opposes this bill to require access to contraception for children.

rejectSB 164

This bill allows teens who are pregnant or have children to consent to medical treatment for contraception without their parent's involvement. The TCCB opposes this bill as an erosion of parental rights.

approveSB 168

This bill increases the immigration law, use of force, and cultural sensitivity training requirements for all forces assigned to patrol the border. The TCCB supports this bill to improve law enforcement training for those serving the Texas border region.


approveSB 169

This bill puts in place protections to ensure that victims and witnesses of crimes are not inappropriately targeted for immigration violations. The TCCB supports this bill to improve community policing.

rejectSB 254

This bill would withhold contracts from businesses which could delay the state’s construction projects and delay revenue that would have been generated through the projects. The TCCB opposes this bill because the potential economic harm to the state’s economy appears to outweigh the minimal benefits this bill seeks to achieve.

approveSB 256

This bill improves identity protections for stalked and trafficked victims. The TCCB supports this bill to assist victims with recovery.

SB 476

This bill prohibits retaliation by employers for employees who seek unpaid wages and extends the time to recover unpaid wages to two years. The TCCB supports this bill to prevent wage theft and retaliation for workers seeking recovery of wage theft.

SB 482

This bill directs the department of family and protective services to collaborate with local agencies to assist foster care youth in obtaining high school diplomas and access to career and college guidance. The TCCB supports this bill to improve support services to children aging out of foster care.

SB 522

This bill allows religious liberty protections for county employees related to granting marriage licenses. The TCCB supports this bill which grants conscience protections for county employees who object to same sex marriage.

SB 542

This bill creates a school choice corporate tax credit that would enable insurance companies to contribute to a non-profit scholarship for low income students to attend accredited private schools or for public school students to participate in after school care programs. The TCCB supports this bill to increase parental choice in education.

SB 579

This bill allows private schools to implement policies on maintenance, administration, and disposal of epi-pens. The TCCB supports this bill to provide better access to epi-pens for children with severe allergies.

SB 582

This bill limits the release of prisoners to daylight hours without the permission of the prisoner to be released after hours. The TCCB support this bill which better facilitates healthy re-entry into society.

SB 597

This bill abolishes the death penalty. The TCCB supports this bill to end the use of the death penalty in Texas.

SB 666

This bill requires the posting of signs in restrooms of sexually oriented businesses that provide the anti-trafficking hotline number. The TCCB supports this bill as one step to identify, rescue, and restore victims of human trafficking.

SB 836

This bill prohibits state and local governments from entering into contracts with payday lenders or their affiliates. The TCCB supports this bill to stop local governments from subsidizing payday lenders and affiliates with tax payer supported buildings and programs.

 

SB 855

This bill prohibits state and local governments from entering into contracts with abortion providers or affiliates. The TCCB supports this bill to stop local governments from subsidizing abortion providers and affiliates with tax payer supported buildings and programs.

reject

SJR 8

This bill prohibits bail for undocumented immigrants being detailed for felonies. The TCCB opposes this bill because it requires criminal judges to rule on immigration status without proper training in federal immigration law.

rejectSJR 16

This bill repeals the constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. The TCCB opposes this bill because the sexual difference between male and female is essential for marriage.

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