*TFFA legislative update as of 5.22.19
TFFA Priority Bill Update
TFFA Supports Moving Fuel Programs from TDA to TDLR
SB 2119 moves both the Weights & Measures Program and the Fuel Quality Program from the Texas Department of Agriculture to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
STATUS: SB 2119 has passed the Senate and the House with amendments.
TFFA expects the Senate to concur with House amendments this week and send to the Governor
TFFA Supports Short Term TDA Fix
Following the passage of HB 2174 last session, our industry has seen many problems with TDA’s implementation of the new fuel quality testing regime. HB 2366 would require customers who complain to provide a receipt and further clarifies how the fuel quality program should be run.
STATUS: HB 2366 passed out of the House and moved over to the Senate.
With the progress of SB 2119 TFFA has quit pushing HB 2366
TFFA Supports Credit Card Skimming Solution
TFFA members agree that the #1 problem that our industry needed to address this session is credit card skimming. HB 2945 creates a credit card fusion center, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, to be the central intelligence unit for fighting credit card skimming in Texas. The center will have the responsibility of educating consumers, retailers, service technicians, and law enforcement on how to best combat the spreading problem of credit card skimming. In addition, the bill directs the Attorney General’s office to create a list of guidelines for best practices for retailers to defend against credit card skimmers. TFFA testified before both the House and Senate Committees in favor of the bills.
STATUS: HB 2945 has passed out of both the House and the Senate and goes to the Governor
TFFA Supports Increased Penalties for Credit Card Skimming
TFFA supports efforts to include credit card skimming to the list of predicate charges for prosecution of organized crimes. This change would strengthen penalties for criminals engaged in credit card skimming at fuel pumps, which should in turn deter credit card skimming.
STATUS: HB 869 has passed out of both the House and the Senate and goes to the Governor
TFFA Supports Statewide Standards for Employment Regulations
TFFA is a member of the ASSET business coalition that is working to maintain a business friendly regulatory environment that encourages statewide employment standards in lieu of local labor regulations that are increasingly being imposed in a patchwork of city ordinances across Texas. ASSET has proposed SB 2485, SB 2486, SB 2487, and SB 2488 to fix address these issues.
STATUS: SB 2485, SB 2486, SB 2487 and SB 2488 all passed the Senate and passed the House Committee on State Affairs, but died in House Calendars.
TFFA is disappointed in the failure of these bills, but will look to the Texas Supreme court for protection from these unfair local labor ordinances
We need to hear from you!
Have you seen an uptick in customer complaints at your store? Are your fuel dispensers being compromised by credit card skimmers? Answers to questions like these help TFFA inform lawmakers and regulators on ways to help your business operate more efficiently.
For comments or questions contact Matt Burgin, Director of Government Relations, 512.617.4305 or email@example.com.