Texas Bills

This list was created based on feedback from Rep. Madden, Rep. Paxton, Rep. Taylor, Sen. Shapiro, Empower Texans, Eagle Forum, Heritage Institute, Young Conservatives of Texas, TSRA/NRA, T.U.R.F., and the Texas Conservative Coalition.

Here are the 5 bills that passed (signed by Gov.) in our list of the Top 20 Conservative bills this session:

  • Number 7: HB 15 Sonogram bill  <– Eagle Forum and Pro-Life groups wanted this
  • Number 9: SB 257 Choose Life license plates and fund  <– Eagle Forum and Pro-Life groups wanted this
  • Number 11: SB 14 Photo Voter ID <– every group want this
  • Number 16: SB 321 Allows guns in locked cars on employer’s parking lot  <– TSRA and NRA wanted this
  • Number 19: SB 18 restricts usage of Eminent Domain   <– this was only a minor improvement to “Public Use” not “Public Necessity” per T.U.R.F.

Here is our list of bills that failed to be passed this session:

  • Number 1: HB 297 Nullify ObamaCare
  • Number 2: HB 296 Enforce immigration laws and require mandatory E-Verify
  • Number 3: HB 12 (or SB 9 in Special Session) prohibits Sanctuary Cities in Texas (neither bill had big penalties)
  • Number 4: HB 623 Detect and Report the full costs to Texas of illegal immigration
  • Number 5: HB 292 No anchor babies in Texas (no automatic citizenship to children of illegal aliens)
  • >Number 6: HB 177 No driver’s licenses for illegal aliens (could be used to vote illegally)>
  • Number 8: HB 779 No taxpayer funding of abortions
  • Number 10: HB 298 Exempt Texas made firearms or ammunition from Federal regulation (Leo Berman withdrew his bill because Montana was already in Fed. Court over it)
  • Number 12: HB 187 Zero-based budgeting for the State of Texas (to help cut unnecessary State spending)
  • Number 13: HB 756 Cap the maximum rate of growth of State spending
  • Number 14: HB 312 Limit increases Property Tax appraisals
  • Number 15: HJR 37 TX Constitutional amendment to require two-thirds vote to raise taxes
  • Number 17: HJR 46 TX Constitutional amendment to release school districts from unfunded State mandates
  • Number 20: SB 174 Prohibit Eminent Domain taking of private property for recreational purposes

Given a super-majority in the House, getting only 4 of the 20 passed- indeed, only 4 out of 20 even out of committee- is pretty poor results (even though the 4 passed were all critical ones).

Here are the Top 20 Conservative Bills and their fate in the regular session


Here are the Top 20 Conservative bills in order of critical priority:
HB681 Relating to an employee’s transportation and storage of certain firearms or ammunition while on certain property owned or controlled by the employee’s employer. House version of SB321 parking lot bill.

SB14 Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identification; providing criminal penalties.

HB12 Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities.

HB623 Relating to the detection and reporting of unauthorized immigration, the collection and dissemination of information concerning unauthorized immigration, the legal treatment or classification of unauthorized immigrants for certain purposes, the enforcement of certain laws governing immigration, and the establishment of English as the official language of this state.

HB296 Relating to the enforcement of immigration laws, to the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of certain criminal offenses concerning illegal immigration, and to certain employment and labor practices and requirements to use E-Verify; providing civil and criminal penalties.

HB292 Relating to birth records of children born in this state; creating an offense.

HB177 Relating to the requirement of citizenship or lawful presence in the United States for issuance or renewal of certain occupational licenses, driver’s licenses, and identification certificates.(add Class A misdemeanor penalty from HB197)

HB201 Relating to informed consent (Sonogram) to an abortion.

HB238 Relating to the issuance of “Choose Life” license plates and the creation of the Choose Life account in the general revenue fund.

HB779 Relating to the state’s or a governmental entity’s direct or indirect use of state or local tax revenue to finance the performance of an elective abortion or elective abortion-related service.

HB529 Relating to certification of natural born citizen requirement for placement on the ballot of candidates for president or vice-president of the United States.

HB297 Relating to State Nullification of federal health care legislation; imposing penalties on Federal and/or State agents

HB298 or HB145 Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.

HB187 Relating to zero-based budgeting for certain entities funded by this state.

HB756 Relating to the maximum rate of growth of appropriations. –OR– HJR70 Proposing a constitutional amendment regarding the maximum rate of growth of appropriations and the use of unencumbered surplus general revenues to fund the state’s rainy day fund and a public school property tax relief fund.

HB312 Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.

HJR37 or HJR29 Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring certain tax bills to be approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house of the legislature.

HJR46 Proposing a constitutional amendment releasing a school district from the obligation to comply with an unfunded state educational mandate.

SB18 Relating to the use of eminent domain authority.

SB174 Relating to prohibiting the use of eminent domain to take private property for recreational purposes.

Here are the Top 20 Conservative Bills and their fate in the regular session

7 Responses to Texas Bills

  1. […] modern era and an agreed upon Top 20 list of legislation that conservative groups desired passed, only 5 of the Top 20 Conservative bills were signed into law in any form. While most expected trouble getting bills through the Senate, only one of the 15 failures made it […]

  2. […] Continue reading to see the Conservative Bills THAT DID NOT PASS IN THE TEXAS 82ND LEGISLATURE […]

  3. Anthony Davis says:

    Where does the NTTP stand on Prop 1 (SJR 1)?
    I am researching it and there are both pros & cons. It sounds like a good ideal to get the roads, etc, “in shape” and to pay down the debt of the State Highway Fund but, I would like some assurances that there will be plenty of $ appropriated to the ESF.
    Please advise. Thanks

    • Mike O says:

      Currently the group is taking no position on this one; there ARE Pros and cons to the bill. The bill would normally warrent a definitive NO, but the conservative block DID get some safeguards on it (NO use for public transit for example.) Were the safequards enough is the point of differing opinions.

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