IEC of Texas Legislative Report

June 2019

86th Legislative Session Update - End of Session

The 86th Legislature gaveled out Sine Die on May 27, 2019. This report covers the bills of interest to the IEC of Texas that passed and have been sent to the Governor. There will be a final report after the Veto period ends on June 16, 2019.

Occupational/Electrical Licensing Bills:

HB 2452 Goldman - TDLR Complain Review Process - This bill allows the TDLR to contract with a qualified individual in the complaint review process and that the department may accept but is not required to investigate a complaint that lacks information identifying the source or name of the person who filed the complaint.

SB 1531 Hancock/HB 2233 White - Electrical Licensing Application Change - This bill amends Section 4, Section 1305.152(a), Occupations Code deleting that an applicant for an electrical license must demonstrate honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity to the executive director of the department.

Construction/Small Business Bills:

HB 985 Parker/SB 473 Hancock - Collective Bargaining - This bill will prevent public agencies from requiring, or precluding, union contracts on public work. It guarantees government neutrality on state-funded construction by prohibiting government entities using state resources from requiring the use of project labor agreements (PLAs).

HB 2439 Phelan/SB1266 Buckingham - Prohibitions of Local Regulation of Building Products - This bill will provide that a municipality cannot make more stringent requirements regarding building products than the model codes allow.

Texas Workforce/Education Bills:

Public Education - Career & Technical Education (CTE) and CTE Course Expansion

HB 3 Huberty - is the school finance-funding bill. The final CCR lowers property taxes; reduces recapture payments; expands CTE into middle school (7-12) currently only in high school; and adds a College, career, and military readiness outcomes bonus of $5,000 for economically disadvantaged students, $3,000 for non-economically disadvantaged students to send to districts for students in the top 25th percentile of performance on the SAT and ACT test, and other indicators established by the Commissioner.

HB 963 Cecil Bell, Jr. - adds “technology applications” to all CTE references in code, adding some Tech-App courses not currently eligible for the 1.35 weighted funding under the career and technology programs.

HB 2984 Steve Allison - directs the State Board of Education to adopt Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) for technology applications including coding, programming, computational thinking and cybersecurity.

Public Education - Work-Based Learning

HB 2197 Frullo/SB 1276 Powell - would coordinate agreements between ISDs and IHEs (universities, community/junior colleges, technical schools, etc.) who provide dual credit programs, endorsement alignment and advising tools to ISD students.

Higher Education - Outcomes-Based Funding

HB 1 Zerwas - Industry supports community colleges’ “success point” outcomes funding bonuses, and fully funding the Texas State Technical Colleges (TSTC)’s “commission rate” funding model that pays the technical institution based on their graduates’ incomes, not contact hours.

Higher Education - Transferability of Courses/Alignment

SB 25 West/HB 4018 Turner - institutes measures to facilitate the transfer of courses, push academic progress, and work towards the timely graduation of higher education students.

SB 502 Seliger - would require colleges and universities to issue a report by 12/1 each year on the transferability (or lack there of) of course credit.

Workforce Apprenticeship Programs

HB 2784 Phelan/ SB 1576 Alvarado - would create a grant program at the Texas Workforce Commission for workforce training apprenticeship programs that are: a) on-the-job paid training, b) guarantee employment upon completion, c) offer a wage during training, d) must result in a credential or industry recognized certification, e) must be less than 26 weeks, and f) targets veterans, unemployed, underemployed, ex-cons and welfare recipients. Amended to include industry-based apprenticeship programs.

HB 700 Guillen/SB 352 Powell - as amended, would expand the acceptable uses for the TWC’s Skills Development Fund to include local workforce development boards, not public libraries or school districts, both of which were removed from the bill.

Miscellaneous

HB 277 Oliverson - would require electronic common admission applications to include a link to comparative gainful employment data compiled by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission.

HB 114 White - would require high school students & parents to receive info regarding the availability of college credit awarded by institutions of higher education to veterans and military service-members for military experience, education, & training obtained during military service (the College Credit for Heroes Program)

HB 1074 Price - would remove the section of statute that allows employers to age-discriminate on training against employees older than 56 years old.

HB 3511 VanDeaver - would create the Commission on Texas Workforce of the Future, which was the Greater Houston Partnership’s recommendation.

SB 1055 Zaffirini - would establish a workforce diploma pilot project where the TWC would grant eligible high school diploma-granting entities to be reimbursed for getting adult students a diploma and technical readiness skills for employability.

Renea Beasley
Executive Director
IEC of Texas