2021 Legislative Agenda

Offense

  • Contractors not liable for design defects - SB 219 (Hughes), HB 1418 (Leach)

  • Omnibus pandemic bill, business liability/insurance protections for contractors - SB 6 (Hancock), HB 3659 (Leach)

  • Uniform general conditions (UGCs) for K-12 building construction - SB 338 (Powell), HB 965 (Lucio III)

  • Deductibility of PPP loans for state franchise tax - SB 372 (Hancock), HB 1195 (Geren)

  • Shorten statute of repose for public work from 10 yrs (+2) to 5 yrs (+1) - HB 3069 (Holland)

  • Tuition revenue bonds (TRBs) for higher ed construction - SB 758 (Seliger), HB 449 (Turner)

  • Local preemption on private business (sick leave, scheduling, benefits, crim background) - SB 14 (Creighton)

  • Clean up court confusion re: quantum meruit claims against contractors ((Skyline v. ISC Acquisition - 5th Ct of Appeals, Dallas (2018)) - HB 3355 (Schofield)

  • Close CGL coverage gap for attorney's fees due to In Re Nalle case - HB 2416 (Gervin-Hawkins)

  • Modernizing/simplifying lien laws - HB 2237 (Burrows)

  • Fix from last session's right to repair bill - HB 3221 (Leach), SB 1781 (Creighton)

  • Fix from last session's contingency lawyers bill on construction defects - HB 1974 (Canales), SB 1821 (Huffman)

  • Fix from last session's certificate of merit bill re: design-build problems - HB 3162 (Martinez)

 

Defense

 

  • Construction defects bills from last session (defend HBs 1734, 1999, 2826 from 2019

  • Worker's Defense Project (WDP) initiatives

  • Immigration, e-verify

  • Disruptive procurement changes (CMAR, pre-qual, JOC)

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