RCAT-Government Advocacy for the Texas Roofing Industry — Roofing Contractors Association of Texas

RCAT-Government Advocacy for the Texas Roofing Industry - Roofing Contractors Association of Texas

On behalf of all Texas Roofing Contractors, RCAT fights to defend your business from harmful legislation and to develop public policy solutions designed to safeguard and advance your business interests.

RCAT TEXAS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

05/27/13 (final update for the 2013 session)

Courtesy of Jake Posey and Steve Koebele, your RCAT Texas Lobby Team

TRACKED BILLS

House Bill 3242

HB 3242 by Davis, is a bill filed to address a portion of the issues contained in other bills supported by RCAT. It has been filed at the request of groups who currently do not agree with stricter oversight of the roofing profession. While RCAT and the NTRCA do not support the current version of HB 3242, we intend to work with the author to address our concerns and find other means of improving the intent of this legislation.

UPDATE: Failed to pass.

House Bill 1402

HB 1402 by Smithee, John — Relating to certain rebates and incentives for purchasing certain roofing services. HB 1402 sets forth a $1,000.00 per instance fine for roofing contractors who offer or provide consideration, including a discount, rebate, or product voucher, to reduce, directly or indirectly, a covered person’s out-of-pocket expense related to the purchase of the roofing services.

In other words, you cannot offer to cover or waive a deductible for a consumer in a roofing transaction.

UPDATE: Failed to pass.

House Bill 1183

HB 1183 by Guillen, Ryan — Relating to prohibited conduct by insurance adjusters and public insurance adjusters. HB 1183 restates Section 4102.158, Insurance Code, by outlining that a public adjuster shall not provide claim adjustment services and roof repair/replacement services on a common property.

Likewise, it further states that a roofing contractor may not serve as an adjuster on a claim for which roofing services are being provided by the contractor.

UPDATE: Sent to the Governor for signature.

House Bill 586

HB 586 by Workman, Paul — Relating to the waiver of sovereign immunity for certain claims arising under written contracts with state agencies.

Although the State of Texas and its agencies are generally immune from suit under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, statutory provisions allow the adjudication of certain contract claims against state governmental agencies if the claim is for less than a specified dollar amount in damages. Concerned parties assert that for a breach of contract claim that seeks a greater amount in damages, an aggrieved party’s only recourse is to seek a waiver of sovereign immunity from the legislature because the law does not adequately address procedures for adjudicating such claims.

C.S.H.B. 586 amends current law relating to the waiver of sovereign immunity for certain design and construction claims arising under written contracts with state agencies.

Update: Sent to the Governor for signature.

Keep Track of the Texas Legislature

To keep track of bills or access legislative information for this or previous sessions, visit Texas Legislature Online (TLO). TLO is a comprehensive public resource that enables users to search for bills, create personal bill tracking lists, and view committee information and calendars. TLO also includes bill information from previous sessions and helpful resources, such as the Texas statutes.

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