The 84th legislative session ended on June 1, 2015. See the bills that have become law.

Rep. Joe Farias

District 118 (D-San Antonio)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
HB 721 Relating to the hunting or fishing license fee waiver for certain disabled veterans. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 875 Relating to the verification of the veteran status of inmates and prisoners. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1273 Relating to certain military specialty license plates. Effective on 9/1/15
HCR 46 Urging Congress to require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide VA services to incarcerated veterans detained in state hospitals and to consider expanding such services to all incarcerated veterans. Signed by the Governor
HB 1640 Relating to the compatibility of certain defense community regulations and structures with military operations. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1584 Relating to a voluntary donation to the fund for veterans' assistance when applying for a hunting or fishing license. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 3729 Relating to inclusion of family members of veterans court program participants in the treatment and services provided to the participants under the program. Effective immediately
HB 2232 Relating to the creation of regional military sustainability commissions for certain military installations. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 867 Relating to the establishment and operation of the Texas Women Veterans Program. Effective immediately
HB 1317 Relating to a report on laws, standards, and policies regarding parking for persons with disabilities to be prepared by the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 3547 Relating to a voluntary veteran's employment preference for private employers. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 437 Relating to eligibility to participate in health benefit programs for certain state employees reemployed after military service. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 445 Relating to providing notice of the availability of paid leave for military service to public officers and employees. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 194 Relating to creating a recognition day in honor of Gold Star Mothers. Effective immediately

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
HB 423 Relating to prohibiting the land disposal of computer equipment and certain television equipment. 02/16/2015
HB 339 Relating to leave for certain veterans returning to state employment. 05/12/2015
HB 350 Relating to an exemption from the motor vehicle sales and use tax for certain motor vehicles purchased or used by veterans with disabilities. 04/14/2015
HB 322 Relating to the regulation of persons who facilitate the issuance of tax refund anticipation checks. 04/15/2015
HB 557 Relating to the growth or cultivation of industrial hemp for certain research purposes. 05/14/2015
HB 558 Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates for Vietnam veterans. 02/18/2015
HB 1058 Relating to notice and information provided by a solid waste facility and a commercial transporter of solid waste regarding recycling programs for certain electronic waste. 05/08/2015
HB 1048 Relating to the redesignation of veterans court programs as veterans treatment court programs, the administration of those programs, the expunction of arrest records and files for certain participants who successfully complete a program, and the issuance of orders of nondisclosure for participants convicted of a misdemeanor; changing a fee. 05/12/2015
HB 1021 Relating to the allocation of certain grants from the fund for veterans' assistance. 05/15/2015
HB 1028 Relating to the eligibility of a charitable organization that provides affordable housing for female veterans and their dependents for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain property owned by the organization. 03/04/2015
HB 961 Relating to the exemption of certain school district property from certain infrastructure fees charged for the control of excess water or storm water. 05/13/2015
HJR 84 Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation the total assessed value of the residence homestead of a veteran or current member of the armed services of the United States while the veteran or current service member participates in a veterans court program. 03/09/2015
HB 1322 Relating to industrial hemp; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees. 03/18/2015
HB 1507 Relating to a report to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department concerning restorative justice programs for juvenile offenders in certain counties. 03/09/2015
HB 1641 Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain employees of fire protection sprinkler system contractors; providing a penalty; imposing a fee; requiring occupational licenses. 03/09/2015
HB 3256 Relating to a database for prospective employers to qualify veterans' military service experience and employment qualifications. 05/12/2015
HB 3728 Relating to the administration of veterans court program proceedings before a magistrate. 03/19/2015
HR 1437 Congratulating Chief Ross Wallace on his upcoming retirement from the Universal City Fire Department. 03/26/2015
HB 4041 Relating to abolishing the State Board for Educator Certification and establishing the Texas State Board for Professional Educators; authorizing the adoption of a fee. 03/23/2015
HB 3726 Relating to establishing a veterans services coordinator for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a veterans rehabilitation dorm program for certain state jail defendants confined by the department. 05/12/2015
HB 4043 Relating to the establishment of an unmanned ground vehicle pilot program at the Capitol Complex to employ veterans with a service-connected disability. 03/24/2015
HR 1438 Congratulating Assistant Chief John Hatzel on his upcoming retirement from the Universal City Fire Department. 03/26/2015
HB 1639 Relating to providing information to the public and to purchasers of real property regarding the impact of military installations. 05/27/2015
HB 2636 Relating to rest breaks for employees of certain contractors with a governmental entity; providing an administrative penalty. 03/17/2015
HB 1160 Relating to certain data reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by institutions of higher education for the purpose of compliance monitoring. 03/03/2015
HB 960 Relating to the exemption of school district property from certain infrastructure fees charged for the control of excess water or storm water. 03/02/2015
HB 471 Relating to safety equipment requirements for certain cyclists; changing the elements of an offense. 04/16/2015
HB 1271 Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the total appraised value of the residence homestead of a veteran or current member of the armed services of the United States while the veteran or current service member participates in a veterans court program. 03/03/2015
HR 3377 Honoring Oliver C. Dack of Bexar County for 40 years of community service. 06/02/2015
HB 1484 Relating to regional coordinators within the veteran entrepreneur program. 05/07/2015
HB 1645 Relating to the participation of certain large counties in the countywide polling place program. 03/23/2015
HB 3349 Relating to the retirement system in certain municipalities for firefighters and police officers. 03/30/2015
HB 1255 Relating to the authority of the Texas Facilities Commission to manage a construction project at the site of the G. J. Sutton State Office Complex in Bexar County. 04/29/2015
HB 175 Relating to the establishment of the Veterans Recovery Pilot Program to provide certain veterans with hyperbaric oxygen treatment. 05/25/2015

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