87th Legislature Major Victories for Texas
As your state representative, I have pledged to serve you as an effective lawmaker and public servant. After many months of hard work, we have come to the conclusion of the Regular Session of the 87th Texas Legislature. Below is a list of major legislation signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott:
Constitutional Carry & Lone Star Gun Protection Act - The Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1927 and House Bill 2622. House Bill 1927 makes Texas a constitutional carry state and House Bill 2622 protects Texas from any new federal gun control regulations.
The Heartbeat Bill & Human Life Protection Act - This session had some of the strongest prolife protections passed in Texas. The Heartbeat Bill, Senate Bill 8/House Bill 1515, bans abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detected, and the Human Life Protection Act, House Bill 1280, immediately bans ALL abortions in Texas when Roe V. Wade gets overturned. SB 8 goes into effect September 1, 2021.
Property Tax Protections During a Crisis - Some counties tried to get around previous property tax increase bans during the pandemic. Senate Bill 1438 creates future protections during the next crisis from property tax increases.
Small Business Protection Post COVID-19 - On May 8, Governor Abbott signed House Bill 1195, which protects PPP loans from taxation so small businesses can continue to recover from COVID.
Alcohol-To-Go - Signed by the Governor on May 12, House Bill 1024 amends current laws to allow pickup and delivery of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption.
Organ Transplant Discrimination Protection - House Bill 119 prohibits organ transplant recipient discrimination on the basis of certain disabilities such as Down Syndrome. This is a lesser known, but important pro-life bill.