HB 577

85(R) - 2017
House Business & Industry
House Business & Industry

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Paul Workman


Cecil Bell Jr.
Lynn Stucky

Bill Caption

Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to adopt or enforce certain regulations regarding whether a private employer may obtain or consider an employment applicant's or employee's criminal history record information.

Fiscal Notes

From the Legislative Budget Board: no fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 577 would amend the Labor Code to add that a political subdivision may not adopt or enforce any ordinance or regulation that prohibits or limits a private employer’s ability to request, consider, or take employment action based on the criminal record of an applicant or employee. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill enhances our free market and limited government principles by eliminating any local or ordinance or regulation on private employers taking action on applicants or employees based on criminal records. It is not the role of government to regulate employment processes or standards put in place by private employers. We support HB 577.

Organizations Supporting

Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas
Independent Bankers Association of Texas
National Federation of Independent Business
Texas Apartment Association
Texas Association of Business
Texas Association of Manufacturers
Texas Chemical Council
Texas Conservative Coalition
Texas Food & Fuel Association
Texas Hotel and Lodging Association  
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Texas Restaurant Association
Texas Water Infrastructure Network

Organizations Opposed

Christian Life Commission
City of Austin
Travis County Democratic Party