Limit the Role of Government

Numerous conservative regulation reforms passed in the 87th Legislative Session, reducing burdens on businesses, enacting needed tort reform, and permitting restaurants to sell alcohol to-go, to name a few. 

SENATE BILL 424 prohibits state agencies from imposing an administrative penalty against a small business for a first violation of a statute or rule unless the agency first provides the business written notice of the violation and an opportunity to cure the violation within a reasonable time. 

HOUSE BILL 1024 makes permanent Governor Abbott’s emergency waiver that allows the delivery and take-out of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption.  

HOUSE BILL 17 prohibits regulatory interference with utilities based on the type of energy that is delivered to the end-user. This will prevent cities and counties from banning different types of utility services and protect energy choices. 

HOUSE BILL 1322 requires a state agency’s notice of a proposed rule to include a plain-language explanation of the rule, enhancing public transparency of state agencies.  

HOUSE BILL 19 is a critical tort reform bill that will curb frivolous lawsuits alleging injuries from accidents involving commercial vehicles. The bill allows a defendant in such cases to request a bifurcated trial, in which compensatory and exemplary damages are addressed separately. This bill will lessen prejudice against defendants by ensuring that a jury hears only evidence that is relevant to the question before it.  

HOUSE BILL 1070 permits the performance of pest control work by an individual without a license under the direct supervision of a person who holds a license.  

SENATE BILL 911 contains a state-level preemption of local regulations on food delivery service and prohibits a local ordinance that affects the terms of agreements between third-party food delivery services and restaurants.

HOUSE BILL 139 expedites state occupational licensing procedures and increases reciprocity for military veterans and spouses, recognizing that individuals with relevant experience and credentials should have an easier time transitioning to Texas and making a living.