HB 1278

84(R) - 2015
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Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Bryan Hughes


Rafael Anchia
Charles Anderson
Trent Ashby
Cecil Bell Jr.
Dwayne Bohac
Dustin Burrows
Terry Canales
Giovanni Capriglione
Garnet F. Coleman
Tony Dale
Wayne Faircloth
Pat Fallon
Dan Flynn
James Frank
Rick Galindo
Helen Giddings
Mary Gonzalez
Bobby Guerra
Patricia Harless
Donna Howard
Dan Huberty
Jason Isaac
Kyle Kacal
Mark Keough
Phil King
Tracy King
Linda Koop
Matt Krause
Jodie Laubenberg
Jeff Leach
J.M. Lozano
Eddie Lucio III
Marisa Marquez
Will Metcalf
Morgan Meyer
Borris Miles
Rick Miller
Joe Moody
Sergio Munoz Jr.
Tan Parker
Gilbert Pena
Dade Phelan
Four Price
Richard Raymond
Ron Reynolds
Matt Rinaldi
Eddie Rodriguez
Scott Sanford
Matt Schaefer
Matt Shaheen
Ron Simmons
John Smithee
Stuart Spitzer
Drew Springer
Phil Stephenson
Jonathan Stickland
Ed Thompson
Chris Turner
Scott Turner
Sylvester Turner
Armando Walle
James White
Molly White
Paul Workman
Gene Wu
Bill Zedler
John Zerwas

Bill Caption

Relating to financial assistance paid to the survivors of certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other public employees killed in the line of duty.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB1278, As Engrossed: a negative impact of ($6,686,663) through the biennium ending August 31, 2017.

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

The bill would increase the lump sum amount paid to a surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer from $250,000 to $500,000. The bill will also double the current monthly monetary allocation to a legal guardian of a surviving minor child. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

5/25/2015 update:

This bill was not amended on the House floor or in the Senate committee. We continue to remain neutral on HB 1278.

The second chamber sponsor is Senator Eddie Lucio.

First chamber recommendation below:

We understand the lump sum payment should not remain stagnant over time considering adjustments in cost-of-living expenses and inflation. While we support the increase in lump sum payments to survivors of certain personnel killed in the line of duty, there is not enough evidence to determine an appropriate amount. Therefore we remain neutral on HB 1278.