85th Texas Legislature

The 85th Texas Legislature will convene in Austin on January 10, 2017 for its 140-day regular session. During the session, TARA will post the latest information concerning proposed legislation, hearings, or other issues affecting members on this page of the web site.

Members will be notified immediately of any legislative action affecting them through the TARA UDPATE - the association's electronic newsletter. For an explanation of RTO legislation passed by the Texas Legislature in previous sessions, click here.

Interim Charges

In 2016, the House and Senate conducted hearings on the interim charges issued by the Speaker of the House and Lt. Gov. Speaker Straus that directed committees to study a laundry list of topics.

House Interim Charges

Senate Interim Charges - Part V: Finance and Business & Commence

TARA Bill Tracking

Prefiling of bills for the 85th Texas Legislature began on Nov. 14. TARA is currently monitoring and tracking the following legislation filed in both houses that could impact members if passed. To view a bill and its current status in the legisaltive process, just click on the bill number.

HB/SB Author Bill Caption
RTO Legislation - Chapter 92 - Rental Purchase Act
HB 1859 Rep. Ron Simmons

Relating to certain rental-purchase agreements.

Companion Bill: SB 938

SB 938 Sen. Van Taylor

Relating to certain rental-purchase agreements.

Companion Bill: HB 1859

Franchise Tax Bills
SB 17 Sen. Jane Nelson

Relating to the decrease of the rates of the franchise tax under certain circumstances and the expiration of that tax.

Considered the leading bill for franchise tax reform in the Senate.

HB 388 Rep. Jim Murphy Relating to the phaseout and repeal of the franchise tax; lowering the rates of the tax.
HB 595 Rep. Paul Workman

Relating to a franchise tax credit for entities that employ certain students in certain paid internship or similar programs.

HB 599 Rep. Mike Schofield Relating to the decrease of the rates of the franchise tax under certain circumstances and the expiration of that tax.
HB 1052 Rep. Leighton Schubert Relating to the repeal of the franchise tax.
HB 1095 Rep. Matt Shaheen Relating to the phaseout and repeal of the franchise tax.
HB 1196 Rep. Angie Button Relating to the repeal of the franchise tax.
HB 2545 Rep. Scott Sanford Relating to the determination of cost of goods sold for purposes of computing the franchise tax.
HB 3621 Rep. Jason Villalba Relating to a franchise tax discount under certain circumstances.
SB 72 Sen. Jane Nelson Relating to the decrease of the rates of the franchise tax under certain circumstances and the expiration of that tax.
SB 112 Sen. Don Huffines Relating to the decrease of the rates of the franchise tax under certain circumstances and the expiration of that tax.

SB 130

Sen. Brandon Creighton Relating to the computation of the franchise tax.
SB 131 Sen. Brandon Creighton Relating to the use of certain surplus state revenue to provide for a rebate of state franchise taxes.
SB 142 Sen. Van Taylor Relating to the determination of cost of goods sold for purposes of computing the franchise tax.
SB 178 Sen. Craig Estes Relating to the repeal of the franchise tax.
SB 575 Sen. Charles Schwertner Relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.