HB 885

86(R) - 2019

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


John Raney
Rafael Anchia
Sam Harless
Stan Lambert
Lynn Stucky


John H Bucy III
Terry Canales
Joe Deshotel
Art Fierro
Jessica Gonzalez
Julie Johnson
Ken King
Ina Minjarez
Joe Moody
Leo Pacheco
James Talarico

Bill Caption

Relating to wage requirements for community rehabilitation programs participating in the purchasing from people with disabilities program.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal impact to the state is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

There is currently a program authorized by the state called the Purchasing from People with Disabilities Program which operates under the oversight of the Texas Workforce Commission. Under this program, employers may hire employees with disabilities to manufacture goods or provide services which may be purchased by state agencies at prices determined by TWC to be at fair market value. Current statute does not require employees of organizations participating in this program to be paid federal minimum wage.

HB 885 would require that community rehabilitation programs, to the maximum extent possible, pay workers with disabilities the federal minimum wage, and require the program to ensure they employ the same employees after the wage increase.

If the program is unable to employ the same employees after the wage increase, they must work with TWC and any other governmental entity to seek and obtain and employment services for those former employees to find other employment wage. The bill provides an exemption to this requirement in the event that the participating organization is unable to retain the employee at the federal minimum wage and TWC determines based on the worker's particular circumstances that the worker would be unable to obtain work with a different employer at a higher wage than the participating organization is able to pay. This exemption is designed to ensure that no employee of a participating organization loses employment altogether based on the employer's inability to increase pay to meet the federal minimum wage. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

The program this bill addresses is a voluntary program which employers are free to participate in at their discretion. Participation necessarily requires compliance with the rules of the program. Should organizations not wish to agree to comply with the rules, they are free to choose not to participate. For these reasons we have revised our position to neutral.