HB 3010

84(R) - 2015
House State Affairs
House State Affairs
Government Contracts
State Agencies

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Negative


Ron Simmons

Bill Caption

Relating to the consideration of ownership interests of certain persons with disabilities in determining whether a business is a historically underutilized business for purposes of state contracting.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 3010 would expand the definition of “economically disadvantaged person” to mean a person with a disability as defined by federal law. Currently, federal law defines “disability” as an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.  

This legislation would require the Comptroller to establish goals for state agencies to increase the contract awards to businesses that qualify as historically underutilized businesses (HUB) because they are owned, operated, and controlled by a disabled person. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Liberty is unbiased towards the state of each individual, meaning that liberty requires government to treat everyone the same. If one individual or group receives a certain benefit then everyone should receive that benefit. It would follow that anything that is contrary to this basic principle would thus undermine an individual’s liberty.

Unfortunately, HB 3010 would go against out liberty principles because it would allow the government to give preferential treatment to a select group of people; expanding the already in place regime of preferential treatment in state contracting for certain groups.

Awarding government contracts on the basis of a certain person’s status would not only provide an unfair advantage, it would hurt the pocketbooks of taxpayers, because the government would not necessarily be looking for the best value for taxpayers’ money.

For these reasons, we oppose HB 3010 because it will violate our limited government principle, free market principle, and individual liberty principle. 

Organizations Supporting

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities