SB 1501

85(R) - 2017
Senate Business & Commerce
House Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Senate Business & Commerce
House Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Occupational Licensing

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Judith Zaffirini


John Kuempel

Bill Caption

Relating to the regulation of motor vehicle towing, booting, and storage and to the elimination of required state licensing for vehicle booting companies and operators.

Fiscal Notes

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

Bill Analysis

SB 1501 would amend the Occupations Code to abolish the occupational licensure requirement for a person who installs or removes a boot on a vehicle or an office building owner or manager who installs or removes a boot in the building’s parking lot. Local authorities would be permitted to regulate booting activities. 

In the committee substitute, a towing company that makes a non consent tow must tow to a licensed vehicle storage facility. Next, a booting company may not charge a total amount for the removal of multiple boots greater than the amount for the fee for the removal of a single boot. Finally, an individual designated by a university may, to facilitate a special event, request a vehicle be towed to another location on campus.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Although a few additional regulations are put in place, abolishing an occupational license for "booting" and placing regulatory authority over this issue in the hands of local government supports our principles of limited government and free markets. Abolishing occupational licences is a worthy legislative pursuit which we encourage to be taken up with vigor. We support SB 1501

Organizations Supporting

Texas Towing & Storage Association