COMMITTEE:    State Affairs 

TIME & DATE:  8:00 AM, Thursday, March 25, 2021 

PLACE:       Capitol Extension Auditorium, E1.004 
CHAIR:       Rep. Chris Paddie 



The order in which bills are heard is at the discretion of the chair.


*Public testimony will be limited to three (3) minutes.*


HB 393         Moody                                                 
Relating to the definition of a bet for purposes of gambling criminal offenses.

HB 525         Shaheen | et al.                                       
Relating to the protection of religious organizations.

HB 749         Middleton                                             
Relating to the use by a political subdivision of public funds for lobbying activities.

HB 1239        Sanford | et al.                                       
Relating to prohibited suspension of laws protecting religious freedom and prohibited closure of places of worship.

HB 1345        Leach                                                 
Relating to leave for state employees who are volunteers of certain disaster relief organizations.

HB 1380        Longoria                                              
Relating to information technology purchased through the Department of Information Resources.

HB 1427        Shaheen                                               
Relating to the disclosure of negotiated rates requested by members of the legislature from certain health care vendors that contract with this state.

HB 1487        Dean | et al.                                         
Relating to the protection of religious organizations.

HB 1572        Craddick                                              
Relating to electric service equipment.

HB 1607        Darby                                                 
Relating to certificates of public convenience and necessity for certain transmission projects.

HB 1691        Tinderholt | et al.                                    
Relating to the protection of religious freedoms and religious institutions during a declared state of disaster.

HB 1804        Meyer                                                 
Relating to a prohibition against the appropriation of money to settle or pay a sexual harassment claim made against certain members of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of state government or their staff.

HB 1900        Goldman                                               
Relating to municipalities and counties that adopt budgets that defund law enforcement agencies.

HB 1925        Capriglione                                           
Relating to prohibitions on camping in a public place; creating a criminal offense.

HB 1950        Slawson | et al.                                       
Relating to the control and funding of law enforcement and public safety services in certain political subdivisions.

HB 2199        Parker                                                
Relating to the establishment of the digital identity work group.

HB 2362        Harris                                                
Relating to municipalities and counties that adopt budgets that defund law enforcement agencies.

HB 2483        King, Phil                                            
Relating to utility facilities for restoring service after widespread outage.

HB 2667        Smithee                                               
Relating to the definition of telecommunications providers and the Texas Universal Service Fund, authorizing an assessment.

HB 2683        Canales                                               
Relating to requirements for open meetings that are broadcast over the Internet or held by telephone conference or videoconference call.

HB 2894        Holland                                               
Relating to participation in the comptroller's contracts for travel services.

HB 3073        Shaheen                                               
Relating to a requirement that state agencies make agency guidance documents accessible to the public.

HB 3130        Capriglione                                           
Relating to state agency contracts for Internet  application development.

HB 3151        Leman                                                 
Relating to municipalities and counties that adopt budgets that reduce the funding or personnel allocated for law enforcement agencies.

HJR 72         Leach | et al.                                         
Proposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting a religious service conducted by a religious organization.

HCR 1          Stephenson | et al.                                    
Supporting prayers, including the use of the word "God," at public gatherings and displays of the Ten Commandments in public educational institutions and other government buildings.

Contingent on suspension of the 5 day posting rule, the committee will also consider:


HB 3687        Capriglione                                           
Relating to the disclosure of lobbying contract information by political subdivisions.

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