The 88th Legislature passed a wide variety of protections against the types of overreaching mandates and regulations seen during the recent pandemic, and furthered Texans’ Second Amendment Rights.
House Bill 44 (Swanson, et al. | SP: Middleton, et al.) prohibits a healthcare provider participating in Medicaid or the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) from refusing to provide services to a Medicaid or CHIP recipient because of the recipient’s refusal or failure to obtain a vaccine or immunization.
House Bill 2837 (Schaefer, et al. | SP: Schwertner, et al.) termed the “Second Amendment Financial Privacy Act” prohibits individuals and entities from surveilling, reporting, or tracking the purchase of firearms, ammunition, and accessories through the use of certain merchant category codes. The bill also imposes a civil penalty for engaging in such practices.
Senate Bill 29 (Birdwell | SP: Lozano, et al.) prohibits any governmental entity from implementing, ordering, or imposing a mandate to require the wearing of a face-covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a person to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or the closure of a private business, public school (including charter schools), or private school to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the case of face-covering mandates there are exceptions for certain facilities.
House Bill 609 (Vasut, et al. | SP: Middleton, et al.) protects business owners who do not require employees to be vaccinated against a pandemic disease from liability for injury or death caused by exposure to said pandemic disease.
House Bill 3137 (Isaac, et al. | SP: Springer) prohibits municipalities from adopting regulations that require an owner of a firearm to obtain liability insurance coverage for damages resulting from negligent or willful acts involving the use of the firearm.