Bill

HB 4120

86(R) - 2019
House Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Senate Business & Commerce
House Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Senate Business & Commerce

Contact the Author

Eddie Lucio III

Phone:

512-463-0606

Capitol Office:

Room GN.8

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Yes
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Eddie Lucio III

Sponsor(s)

Jose Menendez

Bill Caption

Relating to the financial security requirement for providers obligated under certain service contracts.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 4120 would reduce the required amount for a security deposit paid by a car dealer who sells service contracts to customers for repair and maintenance. The current amount is no less than $250,000. 

The bill establishes a sliding scale for the required security deposit that is pegged to the gross revenue of the dealer. The amount of the deposit would start at $25,000 for qualifying dealers and incrementally increase based on gross revenue of the dealership. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports HB 4120 for promoting the principles of limited government and free markets. This bill seeks to address a change made in 2011 which significantly increased the required security deposit for car dealers offering certain service contracts, and has had a negative effect on the ability of car dealers to compete and participate in offering such contracts. This bill would help reverse the negative effects on service contract providers and service contract rates by providing for a more reasonable security deposit amount. 

Contact the Author

Eddie Lucio III

Phone:

512-463-0606

Capitol Office:

Room GN.8

Email: