NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR TGA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TGA is the unified voice for the glazing industry in Texas, coming together to address the challenges which affect all glazing businesses. Serving on the TGA Board of Directors is a great way to discuss the current issues in the industry and creating positive ways to make a difference through TGA and its affiliate organizations.

Let us know if you or someone you know is interested in helping to shape the Glass Industry in Texas and having a voice on the TGA Board of Directors. Serving on the TGA Board of Directors is a great way to share your knowledge and insight; and serve the glass industry. You may nominate yourself or someone else by submitting a Candidate Nomination form to the TGA Nominating Committee by October 25, 2019

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Effective Dates for New Texas Laws

Provided by Texas Construction Association

Laws that were passed by The Texas 86th Legislature passed the following laws that will become effective in a few weeks, on September 1, 2019. 

Right to Repair on Public Projects:  HB 1999 by Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano) requires that prior to litigation, a public entity must obtain a report detailing alleged construction defects and share the report with the contractors.  Not later than the fifth day after the date a general contractor receives the report, they must provide a copy of the report to each subcontractor whose work is subject to the defect claim.  All contractors will then have 30 days to inspect and 120 days to repair damages if they so choose.  HB 1999 will apply to any cause of action accrued on or after June 14, 2019.

Construction Defect Litigation by School Districts:  HB 1734 by Representative Justin Holland (R-Rockwall) increases oversight of construction defect litigation by school districts and requires that proceeds from such litigation be used to repair the construction defects.  The changes to the Texas Education Code will apply to any cause of action accrued on or after September 1, 2019.

Design Defect Liability for Transportation Projects:  HB 2899 by Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano) provides that a contractor who contracts with a governmental entity on a transportation project is not liable for defects, or the consequences of defects, in the adequacy, accuracy, sufficiency, or suitability of plans, specifications, or other design or bid documents provided to the contractor by the governmental entity, or for any errors, omissions or negligent acts of the governmental entity or a third party, in the rendition or conduct of duties arising out of or related to the project specifications. The new law applies to any qualifying contract entered into after June 2, 2019.

Project Labor AgreementsHB 985 by Representative Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) prohibits a governmental entity or an institution of higher education from prohibiting, requiring, discouraging, or encouraging a contractor from entering into or adhering to an agreement with a collective bargaining organization for a state-funded project.  Effective September 1, 2019.

Criminal Convictions/Occupational Licenses:  HB 1342 by Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano) makes several changes regarding the impact of criminal convictions on occupational licenses such as:  (1) allows reinstatement of a license on the first anniversary of revocation if revocation was based on licensee's failure to pay an administrative fine and the person has paid the fine; (2) allows for the issuance of a "restricted license" as an alternative to denial/revocation/suspension for air conditioning and refrigeration contractors and electricians; (3) clarifies the consideration that may be given to a license with a criminal conviction; (4) removes from the list of grounds for suspension and revocation a criminal conviction for an offense that does not directly relate to the duties and responsibilities of the licensed occupation and clarifies what kind of offense would be directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the license occupation; and (5) provides due process to an applicant that may be denied a license on the grounds of a prior criminal conviction.  The changes become effective September 1, 2019.

 Contractors Acting as Insurance Adjusters:  HB 2103 by Representative Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) expands the current prohibition on roofers acting as public insurance adjusters in certain circumstances to all contractors.  Effective September 1, 2019.

Payroll Card Accounts:  HB 2240 by Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston) clarifies the law governing payment of wages by an employer through a payroll card account and allows an employee to opt-out. Effective September 1, 2019.

Building Material Ordinances:  HB 2439 by Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) prohibits a governmental entity from adopting a provision, ordinance or building code that limits the use or installation of a building product or material that is approved for use by a national model construction code.  Effective September 1, 2019.

Student Loan Default.  SB 37 by Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) abolishes student loan default or breach of a student loan repayment or scholarship contract as a ground for non-renewal of a professional license. Effective for all applications filed after June 7, 2019.

License Eligibility Criteria:  SB 1531 by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) revises eligibility criteria for select occupational licenses; specifically, with regard to an electrician's license, the bill removes the current requirement that an applicant demonstrate their "honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity". Effective September 1, 2019.

Employee Juror:  SB 370 by Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin) expands the current prohibitions on employer actions against an employee serving as a juror to include discharging, threatening to discharge, intimidating or coercing an employee for the duration of their term of jury service in any court.  Effective September 1, 2019.

Employee Grand Juror:  HB 504 by Representative Harold Dutton (D-Houston) expands current employment protections for employees serving as jurors to include employees serving as grand jurors.  Effective September 1, 2019.

 



 TGA MISSION The mission of the Texas Glass Association is to serve the needs of owners, operators and employees of independent glass companies, engage in enhancing services and products offered to the general public, and to further the advancement of the glass industry in Texas and the United States.