Flood plains, firearms and more: Here are some bills filed by Spring-Klein lawmakers so far in 87th Texas Legislature

The Spring and Klein area includes the districts of five state representatives and two state senators. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Spring and Klein area includes the districts of five state representatives and two state senators. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Spring and Klein area includes the districts of five state representatives and two state senators. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)

Spring-Klein legislators have filed a combined 315 bills as of the March 12 deadline to file bills for consideration in the 2021 session. The 87th Texas Legislature convened Jan. 12 and will end May 31.

Visit the Texas Legislature's online bill search to see the full list of bills that could be considered in the coming months.


District 126 state Rep. Sam Harless, R-Spring, has filed nine bills as of March 18, 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.

    • Filed: Dec. 8

    • Status: left pending in Public Education Committee on March 16



  • 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.

    • Filed: Feb. 8

    • Status: referred to Human Services Committee on March 9




District 130 state Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress, has filed 58 bills as of March 18, 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.


    • Filed: Nov. 10

    • Status: referred to Insurance Committee on March 1



  • 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.

    • Filed: Jan. 27

    • Status: referred to Public Health Committee on March 5




District 139 state Rep. Jarvis Johnson, D-Houston, has filed 47 bills as of March 18, including:


  • House Bill 36 would abolish Confederate Heroes Day, a state holiday currently observed on Jan. 19 in honor of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and other Confederate heroes.


    • Filed: Nov. 9

    • Status: referred to State Affairs Committee on Feb. 25



  • House Bill 2506 would give the Public Utility Commission of Texas the authority to ensure the independent organization certified for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas power region has adequate reserve power to prevent blackout conditions.

    • Filed: March 1

    • Status: referred to State Affairs Committee on March 17




District 141 state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, has filed 62 bills as of March 18, including:


  • House Bill 831 would prohibit the use of force or deadly force against a person to make an arrest or search if the force or deadly force is used in a manner that impedes the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of the person by applying pressure to the person's throat or neck or by blocking the person's nose or mouth.


    • Filed: Dec. 15

    • Status: referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee on March 1



  • House Bill 2954 would establish a suicide prevention, intervention and "postvention" program for optional implementation at an elementary school campus. Postvention would include activities that promote healing necessary to reduce the risk of suicide by a person affected by the suicide of another.

    • Filed: March 5

    • Status: N/A




District 150 State Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, has filed 40 bills as of March 18, including:


  • House Bill 55 would authorize a school marshal to carry a concealed handgun on or about the marshal's person and not require a school marshal to store the handgun in a locked and secured safe or other location while on duty.


    • Filed: Nov. 9

    • Status: referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee on Feb. 25



  • House Bill 1458 would separate athletics teams sponsored by public schools or institutions of higher education based on the biological sex of the student.

    • Filed: Jan. 28

    • Status: referred to State Affairs Committee on March 5




District 7 state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, has filed 86 bills as of March 18, 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.


    • Filed: Nov. 18

    • Status: referred to State Affairs Committee on March 3



  • 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.

    • Filed: Nov. 23

    • Status: referred to Education Committee on March 3




District 15 state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, has filed 13 bills as of March 18, including:


  • Senate Bill 223 would prohibit law enforcement departments from contracting with television crews to create reality shows.


    • Filed: Dec. 2

    • Status: referred to Criminal Justice Committee on March 3



  • Senate Bill 233 would prohibit certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression and provide an administrative penalty.

    • Filed: Dec. 7

    • Status: referred to State Affairs Committee on March 3




Danica Lloyd contributed to this report.
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.