Texas Legislature
Bills Authored / Joint Authored
Rep. Cole Hefner
88th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 4/16/2024

Number of Bills: 78

Report Sections: Authored Bills | Joint Authored Bills

Author (52):
HB 672 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 02/23/2023 H Referred to Public Health: Feb 23 2023 4:39PM
Caption: Relating to the definition of child abuse and the prosecution of the criminal offense of abandoning or endangering a child.

HB 869 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/01/2023 H Referred to State Affairs: Mar 1 2023 11:49AM
Caption: Relating to repealing the affirmative defense to prosecution for the criminal offense of sale, distribution, or display of harmful material to a minor.

HB 871 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/01/2023 H Referred to Elections: Mar 1 2023 11:49AM
Caption: Relating to software installation in voting system hardware manufactured outside the United States.

HB 914 Author: Hefner | Goldman | Canales | Moody | Lopez, Janie
Sponsor: Whitmire
Last Action: 05/23/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to temporary vehicle tags and the offense of tampering with a governmental record.

HB 1243 Author: Hefner | Spiller | Murr | Leach | Goldman
Sponsor: Hughes
Last Action: 06/13/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to the penalty for the offense of illegal voting; increasing a criminal penalty.

HB 1305 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Paxton
Last Action: 06/18/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 19 as the Mildred McMillan Garrett Memorial Bridge.

HB 1600 Author: Hefner | Spiller | Orr | Metcalf | Morales, Eddie
Last Action: 05/03/2023 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the creation of a criminal offense for illegal entry into this state from Mexico by a person who is not a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.

HB 1700 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/07/2023 H Referred to State Affairs: Mar 7 2023 12:31PM
Caption: Relating to an unauthorized vote by a delegate or alternate delegate to a federal Article V convention; creating a criminal offense.

HB 1760 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Hughes
Last Action: 05/24/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to the prosecution of the offense of possessing a weapon in certain prohibited places associated with schools or postsecondary educational institutions.

HB 1811 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/21/2023 H No action taken in committee
Caption: Relating to creating the criminal offense of tampering with an electronic monitoring device.

HB 1915 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 05/05/2023 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to land services performed by a landman.

HB 2010 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 04/04/2023 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to emergency possession of certain abandoned children by designated emergency infant care providers.

HB 2198 Author: Hefner | Troxclair | Harris, Caroline
Last Action: 05/06/2023 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to building height restrictions in certain municipalities.

HB 2295 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 05/09/2023 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to liens on aircraft for certain charges.

HB 2306 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Middleton
Last Action: 06/02/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of voyeurism.

HB 2354 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Springer
Last Action: 06/10/2023 E Effective on 1/1/24
Caption: Relating to the eligibility of land to continue to be appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land following a transfer to a surviving spouse.

HB 2398 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 05/09/2023 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to late applications for the appraisal of land for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land following the death of the owner of the land.

HB 2486 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/13/2023 H Referred to State Affairs: Mar 13 2023 3:37PM
Caption: Relating to the confidentiality of certain information in a peace officer's or firefighter's personnel file.

HB 2760 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/13/2023 H Referred to State Affairs: Mar 13 2023 3:37PM
Caption: Relating to the disclosure of certain gifts, grants, contracts, and financial interests received from a foreign source by certain state agencies, public institutions of higher education, and state contractors, and to the approval and monitoring of employment-related foreign travel and activities by certain public institution of higher education employees; providing civil and administrative penalties.

HB 2828 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/14/2023 H Referred to Community Safety, Select: Mar 14 2023 11:22AM
Caption: Relating to the issuance of a license to carry a handgun to certain active and retired judicial officers.

HB 2914 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 04/28/2023 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to the term of office for a director of the Northeast Texas Municipal Water District.

HB 2971 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/14/2023 H Referred to Public Health: Mar 14 2023 11:22AM
Caption: Relating to the delivery of cottage food by mail.

HB 2981 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 05/12/2023 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the methods by which the comptroller may provide certain notices relating to the revocation or suspension of a permit or license or the forfeiture of corporate privileges in this state.

HB 3006 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/14/2023 H Referred to Ways & Means: Mar 14 2023 11:22AM
Caption: Relating to the treatment for ad valorem tax purposes of land and equipment used for hydroponic farming.

HB 3106 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Hughes
Last Action: 05/19/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 49 in Titus County as the Titus County WWI Veterans Memorial Highway.

HB 3108 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Hughes
Last Action: 05/19/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of Farm to Market Road 2348 in Titus County as the Army Staff Sergeant Clay Allen Craig Memorial Bridge.

HB 3242 Author: Hefner | Garcia
Last Action: 05/06/2023 H Returned to Local & Consent Calendars Comm.
Caption: Relating to the eligibility of the surviving spouse of an elderly person who qualified for a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation by a taxing unit of a portion of the appraised value of the deceased person's residence homestead to continue to receive an exemption for the same property from the same taxing unit in an amount equal to that of the exemption for which the deceased person qualified without applying for the exemption.

HB 3516 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/16/2023 H Referred to Ways & Means: Mar 16 2023 11:39AM
Caption: Relating to the delivery of certain tax refunds.

HB 3608 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/16/2023 H Referred to Ways & Means: Mar 16 2023 11:39AM
Caption: Relating to the reappraisal for ad valorem taxation purposes of real property on which a building completely destroyed by a casualty is located.

HB 3614 Author: Hefner | Buckley | Burrows | Harris, Cody
Last Action: 05/08/2023 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to allowing public schools to employ or accept as volunteers chaplains.

HB 3623 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Middleton
Last Action: 06/12/2023 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to a memorandum of understanding between public or private primary or secondary schools authorizing a school marshal of one school to act as a school marshal at the other school during an event at which both schools participate.

HB 3659 Author: Hefner | Moody | Cook | Slawson | Ordaz
Last Action: 05/17/2023 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to civil asset forfeiture proceedings, to the seizure and forfeiture of certain property, and to the reporting and disposition of proceeds and property from civil asset forfeiture.

HB 3684 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/16/2023 H Referred to Elections: Mar 16 2023 11:39AM
Caption: Relating to a procedure for applying for a place on a ballot as a candidate for precinct chair of a political party; providing an administrative penalty.

HB 3691 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 05/15/2023 S Referred to Local Government
Caption: Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain property owned by a charitable organization that is engaged in providing housing and related facilities and services to persons who are at least 62 years of age.

HB 4130 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 04/17/2023 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of property owned by certain electric cooperatives.

HB 4149 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/21/2023 H Referred to Elections: Mar 21 2023 12:28PM
Caption: Relating to restrictions on candidacy in the general election.

HB 4174 Author: Hefner | Patterson | Bumgarner | Garcia
Last Action: 04/27/2023 H Reported favorably w/o amendment(s)
Caption: Relating to qualifications for certain individuals for veterans benefits.

HB 4221 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/21/2023 H Referred to Corrections: Mar 21 2023 12:28PM
Caption: Relating to a veterans treatment court program operated by a justice of the peace court.

HB 4315 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 04/24/2023 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the participation of the medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler in the Joint Admission Medical Program.

HB 4871 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/23/2023 H Referred to Ways & Means: Mar 23 2023 12:03PM
Caption: Relating to the electronic submission of dealer's motor vehicle inventory tax statements and escrow payments.

HB 4876 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/23/2023 H Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence: Mar 23 2023 12:03PM
Caption: Imposing liability on those who perform or assist unlawful abortions.

HB 4888 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Perry
Last Action: 06/13/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to Medicaid coverage and reimbursement for non-opioid treatments.

HB 4906 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: West
Last Action: 06/14/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to the installation and use of tracking equipment and access to certain communications by certain peace officers.

HB 4939 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 03/23/2023 H Referred to State Affairs: Mar 23 2023 12:03PM
Caption: Relating to prohibitions on camping in a public place.

HCR 70 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Hughes
Last Action: 04/06/2023 E Signed by the Governor
Caption: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Mineola.

HCR 96 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Hughes
Last Action: 05/05/2023 E Signed by the Governor
Caption: Congratulating the Cavender family on its receipt of the 2023 Star of Texas Award from the Texas Historical Foundation.

HCR 109 Author: Hefner
Sponsor: Hughes
Last Action: 05/19/2023 E Signed by the Governor
Caption: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the city of Hawkins.

HJR 132 Author: Hefner | Meyer | Vasut | Burrows | Raymond
Sponsor: Hughes
Last Action: 05/24/2023 E Filed with the Secretary of State
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual net worth or wealth tax.

HR 1079 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 04/19/2023 H Reported enrolled: Apr 19 2023 12:52PM
Caption: In memory of retired Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Brian Clint Worley.

HR 1354 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 05/12/2023 H Reported enrolled: May 12 2023 5:30PM
Caption: In memory of John Frank Abbott of Mineola.

HR 1536 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 05/20/2023 H Reported enrolled: May 20 2023 11:19AM
Caption: In memory of Mitchel A. McCormick of Harlingen.

HR 2200 Author: Hefner
Last Action: 05/30/2023 H Reported enrolled: May 30 2023 4:10PM
Caption: Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Big Sandy Sand Company.

Joint Author (26):
HB 44 Author: Swanson | Klick | Slawson | Hefner | Morales Shaw
Sponsor: Middleton
Last Action: 06/12/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to provider discrimination against a Medicaid recipient or child health plan program enrollee based on immunization status.

HB 82 Author: Spiller | Hefner | Clardy | Cook
Last Action: 05/09/2023 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to an interstate compact for border security, including building a border wall and sharing state intelligence and resources.

HB 890 Author: Bell, Keith | Buckley | Harris, Cody | Hefner | Dutton
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 05/24/2023 H Senate Amendments Analysis distributed: May 24 2023 4:18PM
Caption: Relating to parental rights and public school responsibilities regarding instructional materials.

HB 1149 Author: Swanson | Hefner | Buckley | Patterson | Slawson
Last Action: 05/02/2023 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to parental consent for certain activities engaged in by a school district employee or contractor with respect to the parent's child.

HB 1155 Author: Patterson | Hefner | Harris, Cody
Last Action: 03/02/2023 H Referred to Public Education: Mar 2 2023 3:47PM
Caption: Relating to parental rights in public education and prohibiting instruction regarding sexual orientation or gender identity for certain public school students.

HB 1225 Author: Metcalf | Harris, Cody | Hefner | Dean | Shaheen
Sponsor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 06/02/2023 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the administration of certain required assessment instruments in paper format.

HB 1772 Author: Ashby | VanDeaver | Bailes | Harris, Cody | Hefner
Sponsor: Nichols
Last Action: 05/27/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to the documentation required for the purchase of certain timber products; creating a criminal offense.

HB 1794 Author: Schaefer | Hefner | Howard | Ashby | Clardy
Sponsor: Hughes
Last Action: 06/10/2023 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to funding for The University of Texas at Tyler's school of pharmacy.

HB 1804 Author: Leo-Wilson | Hefner | Buckley | Slawson | Oliverson
Last Action: 04/20/2023 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the instructional material list and supplemental instructional materials adopted by the State Board of Education.

HB 1934 Author: Rogers | Button | Raney | Thompson, Ed | Hefner
Last Action: 03/08/2023 H Referred to Ways & Means: Mar 8 2023 12:09PM
Caption: Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of income-producing tangible personal property having a value of less than a certain amount.

HB 2073 Author: Price | Metcalf | Hefner | Dean
Sponsor: Schwertner
Last Action: 05/27/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to the recovery of fuel and purchased power costs by electric utilities.

HB 2960 Author: Cain | Holland | Isaac | Hefner | Patterson
Last Action: 05/11/2023 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the locations in which carrying certain weapons is prohibited and the applicability of a defense to prosecution for an offense relating to carrying a handgun in certain prohibited locations and associated notice requirements.

HB 2976 Author: Guillen | Cain | Harris, Cody | Hefner | Manuel
Last Action: 05/09/2023 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to an elective course on firearms safety for public high school students and the designation of August as Firearm Safety Awareness Month.

HB 2984 Author: Herrero | Anchía | Hefner
Last Action: 05/01/2023 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to creating the criminal offense of tampering with an electronic monitoring device.

HB 3147 Author: Swanson | Slawson | Hull | Patterson | Hefner
Last Action: 04/24/2023 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the detainment and housing of juveniles and inmates based on biological sex.

HB 3194 Author: Perez | Cain | Hefner | Hull | Cortez
Last Action: 05/02/2023 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to automatic renewal of certain policies issued by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

HB 3315 Author: Bell, Keith | Buckley | Harris, Cody | Hefner | Dutton
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 05/18/2023 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to a school district's grievance procedure regarding complaints concerning violation of parental rights.

HB 3419 Author: Cain | Toth | Hefner | Manuel | Schaefer
Sponsor: Springer
Last Action: 06/13/2023 E Effective on 9/1/23
Caption: Relating to the transportation of horse meat.

HB 3821 Author: Perez | Cain | Hefner | Hull | Cortez
Last Action: 05/02/2023 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to requirements for insurance agents offering windstorm and hail insurance policies issued by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

HB 4207 Author: Troxclair | Dean | Goldman | Hefner
Last Action: 05/11/2023 H Placed on General State Calendar
Caption: Relating to municipally owned utility vegetation management.

HB 4208 Author: Troxclair | Dean | Patterson | Goldman | Hefner
Last Action: 05/11/2023 H Placed on General State Calendar
Caption: Relating to the management and control of certain municipal electric utility systems.

HB 4209 Author: Troxclair | Dean | Patterson | Goldman | Hefner
Last Action: 03/21/2023 H Referred to State Affairs: Mar 21 2023 12:28PM
Caption: Relating to electricity service provided by certain municipally owned utilities.

HB 4306 Author: Dorazio | Capriglione | DeAyala | Cain | Hefner
Last Action: 05/15/2023 S Received from the House
Caption: Relating to a study by the attorney general on the feasibility of linking debit card transactions to bullion in the Texas Bullion Depository.

HB 4342 Author: Plesa | Allen | Cunningham | Hefner | King, Ken
Last Action: 05/05/2023 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to courses in personal finance literacy and economics for high school students in public schools.

HB 4656 Author: Thimesch | Cunningham | King, Ken | Harris, Cody | Hefner
Sponsor: Parker
Last Action: 05/18/2023 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the creation of a temporary educator certificate for educators certified by other states.

HB 5115 Author: Thierry | Hefner | Shine
Last Action: 04/17/2023 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the collection of state, municipal, and county hotel occupancy taxes by an accommodations intermediary.

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