HB 950 would have clarified that an unlawful employment practice occurs each time an employee is impacted by the discriminatory decision i.e. each time they receive a paycheck. Governor Perry vetoed HB 950.
HB 950 was intended to expand access to state courts for women seeking to bring gender-based pay discrimination claims in Texas. Even as women are sharing more of the financial responsibilities for their families, they continue to be paid less than their male counterparts. The wage gap exists across all employment fields and is greatest among Texas women and men in management fields.
Historically Underutilized Business
HB 194 expands eligibility for the state historically underutilized business (HUB) program by including veterans with a 20 percent service disability under the definition of economically disadvantaged person. African Americans are underrepresented among state HUB expenditures.
African Americans represent 20 percent of certified HUB owners, but receive only 12 percent of HUB expenditures. By comparison, Anglo women represent 41 percent of certified HUB owners, but receive 53 percent of HUB expenditures.
SB 1247 would have increased consumer protections for payday loan borrowers by limiting the number of payday or auto title loans a person could have at a time, capping the number of times a consumer could rollover their loan, tying loan payments to a consumer’s ability to pay, and limiting the length of a loan to between 90 and 180 days.
Due to the lack of regulatory structure for payday lenders, Texans pay more in fees on payday loans than borrowers in any other state. SB 1247 failed to pass, but even in the absence of statewide action, several cities have passed ordinances aimed at protecting residents from usurious payday and auto title lenders.