Flood plains, firearms and more: Here are some of the bills filed by Cy-Fair lawmakers so far in the 87th Texas Legislature

From left: Sam Harless, Tom Oliverson, Jon Rosenthal, Mike Schofield, Paul Bettencourt
From left: Sam Harless, Tom Oliverson, Jon Rosenthal, Mike Schofield, Paul Bettencourt

From left: Sam Harless, Tom Oliverson, Jon Rosenthal, Mike Schofield, Paul Bettencourt

Cy-Fair legislators have filed dozens of bills since the start of the legislative session. Visit the Texas Legislature's online bill search to see the full list of bills that could be considered in the coming months.



State Rep. Sam Harless, R-Spring, has filed six bills as of Feb. 10, including:


House Bill 759 would amend the Texas Education Code to require threat-assessment teams in public schools to begin their assessments within 10 days of a student posing a serious risk of violence to themselves or others and complete assessments within 30 days. The bill would also create a database of student threat assessments conducted for students who pose a serious risk of violence.

House Bill 1681 would prevent assisted-living facilities from being constructed in a 500-year flood plain—the area subject to flooding by a 500-year flood, which has a 0.2% chance of occurring in any given year.

State Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress, has filed 25 bills as of Feb. 10, including:


House Bill 515 would require health insurance providers to reimburse physicians and mental health professionals for telemedicine visits at least as much as they would for in-person visits.

House Bill 1434 would make it illegal for a health care practitioner to perform or delegate a pelvic examination on a patient who is anesthetized or unconscious unless the pelvic examination is immediately necessary or within the standard scope of the scheduled procedure.

State Rep. Jon Rosenthal, D-Houston, has filed 22 bills as of Feb. 10, including:


House Bill 799 would make carrying a firearm while intoxicated a Class C misdemeanor.

House Bill 698 would prohibit employment discrimination based on reproductive decisions, including one’s marital status during a pregnancy and the use of contraception.

State Rep. Mike Schofield, R-Katy, has filed three bills as of Feb. 10, including:


House Bill 1569 would prevent homeowners associations from removing religious displays from a resident's property.

House Bill 1705 would establish a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes jurisdictions and agencies could impose on disabled or elderly homeowners and their surviving spouses.

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, has filed nine bills as of Feb. 10, including:


Senate Bill 208 would prohibit officers and employees of the state or of political subdivisions of the state from distributing official application forms for early voting ballots.


Senate Bill 215 would create the office of inspector general at the Texas Education Agency. The commissioner of education would appoint a director of the office who would be responsible for the investigation, prevention and detection of wrongdoing, fraud, waste and abuse in the administration of public education.
By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


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