Capitol Update: Passed!

May 26, 2017

Dear Friends,

As the 85th Regular Legislative Session winds down, Governor Abbott’s pen is warming up. Below are some noteworthy bills signed into law this week:

  • SB 24 (Joint Author) – Sermon safeguard legislation; protects sermons from court subpoena.
  • HB 455 (Voted Yes) – Allows property owners to participate in an appraisal review board protest hearing remotely; makes it easier for property owners to protest their appraisal.
  • SB 253 (Committee Chair) – Prohibits using Texas public funds to aid Sudan and Iran, governments known to support terrorist organizations.
  • SB 507 (Author) – Expands the availability of mediation assistance for surprise medical bills.
  • SB 680 (Author) – Allows doctors to bypass “step therapy” prescription protocols so patients can quickly begin the treatment recommended by their physician, rather than ineffective medications preferred by their insurance company.

We’re also glad to share that the following bills carried by our office have now passed both chambers:

  • HB 3921 (Sponsor) – Protects against elder financial abuse and exploitation.
  • HB 3220, HB 2437 & SB 1073 (Sponsor/Author) – Package of Texas Department of Insurance reform legislation that will bring new jobs to Texas and lower premium costs statewide.
  • SB 2087 (Author) – Provides flexibility to create a high-risk pool or a reinsurance program so Texans with preexisting conditions don’t fall through the cracks when Obamacare is finally repealed and replaced.
  • SB 2205 (Author) – Paves the way for the safe testing of driverless cars in Texas.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these bills, please feel welcome to contact our office. You can also read the bill text and analysis at Texas Legislature Online.

Sincerely,

Kelly Hancock
State Senator, District 9


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