State Issues - 84th Texas Legislative Session

The 84th Texas Legislature started on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Each week, TCA will post the latest actions on key bills that are important to the TCA Legislative Agenda. Use our talking points to support this legislation in your advocacy efforts. Always use your personal email and telephone when communicating with elected officials.


84th Bill Tracking Reports

Final Bill Report: Educational & Mental Health Clinicians Issues - 84th Legislature Bill Tracking Report - post vetoes

* Actions on 'Bill Tracking Report' were updated June 22, 2015.


Key Legislative Actions and Committee Meetings

TCA posts a weekly update of key bills on the move as well as ones that are scheduled to for a committee meeting in coming days. Support these bills! Make a quick call from your personal phone and tell your legislator where you stand on the issue.

TCA's Legislative Actions Update
Final Legislative Actions from the 84th Legislature
*Published on June 5, 2015.

Key Committee Contact Info
84th Key HOUSE Committee and SENATE Committee contact information


Key Legislation

HB 18 (Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock) - Relating to college and career readiness training for certain public school counselors.
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HB 197 (Rep. Four Price) - Relating to requiring a public institution of higher education to post information regarding mental health resources on the institution's website.
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HB 233 (Rep. Jessica Farrar) - Relating to school social work services in public schools.
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HB 313 (Rep. Mary Gonzalez) - Relating to employment of certified school counselors by school districts.

HB 357 (Rep. Mary Gonzalez) - Relating to the responsibilities of public school counselors.

HB 763 (Rep. Susan King) - Relating to the selection of certain providers under the Medicaid program.

HB 1041 (Rep. Nicole Collier) - Relating to a petition to a state agency for adoption of rules.

HB 2252 (Rep. Sylvester Turner) and SB 1570 (Sen. Eddie Lucio) - companion bills - Relating to the use of the compensatory education allotment for a school district's school guidance and counseling program.
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HB 2304 (Rep. Four Price) and SB 200 (Sen. Jane Nelson) - companion bills - Relating to the continuation and functions of the Health and Human Services Commission and the provision of health and human services in this state.

HB 2703 (Rep. Ron Simmons) and SB 1871 (Sen. Eddie Lucio) - companion bills - Relating to the establishment of the Texas Board of Behavior Analyst Examiners and the requirement to obtain a license to practice as a behavior analyst or assistant behavior analyst.

HB 2978 (Rep. Greg Bonnen) - Relating to the licensing and regulation of neurodiagnostic technologists.

HB 1434 (Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon) - Relating to the assignment of certain behavioral health professionals and school counselors to a public school campus.
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HB 1998 (Rep. Garnet Coleman) - Relating to the definition of "non-physician mental health professional" for purposes of the Texas Mental Health Code.
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SB 133 (Sen. Charles Schwertner) - Relating to mental health first aid training for school district employees and school resource officers.

SB 164 (Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.) - Relating to a notification requirement if a school counselor is not assigned to a public school campus.

SB 165 (Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.) and HB 730 (Rep. Eddie Lucio III) - companion bills - Relating to the use of public school counselors' work time.
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SB 167 (Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.) and HB 729 (Rep. Eddie Lucio III) - companion bills - Relating to employment of certified school counselors by school districts.

SB 202 (Sen. Jane Nelson) and HB 2510 (Rep. Four Price) - companion bills - Relating to the Department of State Health Services, the provision of health services in this state, and the regulation of certain health-related occupations and activities.

SB 214 (Sen. Donna Campbell) and HB 1763 (Rep. Harold Dutton) - companion bills - Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Education Agency and to the abolition of the State Board for Educator Certification and the transfer of its functions to the Texas Education Agency.

SB 239 (Sen. Charles Schwertner) and HB 1241 (Rep. Joe Lozano) and HB 2434 (Rep. Garnet Coleman) - companion bills - Relating to student loan repayment assistance for certain mental health professionals.

SB 1260 (Sen. Jose Rodriguez) - Relating to the selection of certain providers under the Medicaid program.
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