Sen. Brandon Creighton has filed Senate Bill 14, the Business Freedom and Uniformity Act. As the Texas economy continues to struggle from the COVID-19 pandemic, this legislation will provide needed stability for Texas employers by stopping local governments from imposing burdensome and inconsistent mandates on private-sector employment practices. The legislation would essentially prevent cities from regulating private business practices like hiring, scheduling, benefits, and wages.
The bill has been referred to the Senate Business & Commerce Committee, which has scheduled a hearing for the bill on Tuesday, March 23 at 9am in the Senate Chamber. Notice of the hearing can be found here: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/87R/schedules/pdf/C5102021032308001.PDF
We need your support to make calls, submit written testimony, drop a card in support, or testify in-person. If you are interested in testifying in-person, you will need to get a free rapid COVID test in order to enter the Senate Chamber. There are two tents on the north side entrance of the Capitol. It is very easy and takes about 15 minutes.
The Chamber strongly reaffirms the rights of private employers to determine the best and most efficient way to operate a successful business, while remaining competitive in attracting and retaining a talented workforce. This is even more important as our business community begins to recover from the pandemic, small- and medium-sized businesses get back on their feet, and we assess what the real effects of COVID-19 have been on our businesses and our community.
The Committee is chaired by Sen. Kelly Hancock and is Vice-Chaired by Sen. Robert Nichols. Other members of the committee include:
Sen. Donna Campbell
Sen. Brandon Creighton
Sen. Nathan Johnson
Sen. José Menéndez
Sen. Angela Paxton
Sen. Charles Schwertner
Sen. John Whitmire
If you have any questions, contact Stephanie Reyes, Vice President of Public Policy at email@example.com or by phone at 210-229-2162.