HB 306

86(R) - 2019

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Abel Herrero

Bill Caption

Relating to the creation of an open burn pit registry for certain service members and veterans.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB306, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($2,592,235) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

HB 306 would create an open burn pit registry for certain service members and veterans who were exposed to open burn pit smoke or other airborne hazards during their service. This bill would require the documentation of veterans information that includes any medical conditions believed to be caused by burn pit smoke or other airborne hazards. The information would then be distributed for the puposes of conducting medical research relating the effects of airborne hazards. Registration for the burn pit would be voluntary. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends opposing this bill because it violates the principles of limited government and personal responsibility. There is already a federal registry intended for the same purpose. We believe this is the role of the federal government, not the state.