• Legislative

  • *TFFA legislative update as of 6.17.19

    TFFA Priority Bill Update

    TFFA Supports Moving Fuel Programs from TDA to TDLR

    Senate Bill 2119 by Sen. Carol Alvarado (D – Houston) and Rep. Craig Goldman (R – Ft. Worth)

    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: Signed by the Governor – Effective Immediately

    TFFA Supports Short Term TDA Fix

    House Bill 2366 by Rep. Drew Darby (R – San Angelo)

    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 quit pushing HB 2366

    TFFA Supports Credit Card Skimming Solution

    House Bill 2945 by Rep. Mary Ann Perez (D – Houston) and Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D – Laredo)

    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: Signed by the Governor – Effective September 1, 2019

    TFFA Supports Increased Penalties for Credit Card Skimming

    House Bill 869 by Rep. Cole Hefner (R – Mt. Pleasant) and Sen. Bryan Hughes (R – Mineola)

    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:  Signed by the Governor – Effective September 1, 2019

    TFFA Supports Statewide Standards for Employment Regulations

    Senate Bill 2485 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R – Conroe) – City regulation of employment benefits

    Senate Bill 2486 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R – Conroe) – City regulation of employee scheduling 

    Senate Bill 2487 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R – Conroe) – City regulation of paid sick leave

    Senate Bill 2488 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R – Conroe) – City regulation of ‘ban the box’

    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 mburgin@tffa.com.

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