HB 2780

85(R) - 2017
House State Affairs
House State Affairs

Companion Bill

SB 1289

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Drew Darby

Bill Caption

Relating to the purchase of iron and steel products made in the United States for certain governmental entity projects.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: depending upon the level of anticipated future building, structure, or infrastructure construction, there could be an indeterminate fiscal impact to the state.

Bill Analysis

HB 2780 would amend the Government Code to add that the uniform conditions for a project in which iron or steel products will be used must require any iron or steel product in the project be produced in the United States, unless there is not a sufficient quantity, the cost is increased by 20% or more, or it is not in the public interest.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill violates our limited government principle by decreasing efficiency with placing requirements on where iron and steel can be produced for government contracts likely increasing government spending on projects. For these reasons, we oppose HB 2780. 

Organizations Supporting

Texas Association of Manufacturers

Organizations Opposed

Texas Association of Business