6 | APRIL 2017 | TEXAS STYLIST & SALON |WWW.TEXASSTYLIST.COM Finding and Tracking a Bill During the 85th Legislative Session
Five o’clock p.m. on March 10th was the
deadline for filing a bill if it was to be considered
by the Texas Legislature this session. When dawn
broke on March 11th, there were seventeen bills
that could possibly affect the cosmetology and
barbering industries regulated by the Texas De-
partment of Licensing and Regulation.
Here’s a couple of examples on how to track
bills on Texas Legislature Online:
House Bill 340 (HB 340) was filed by Represen-
tative Craig Goldman (Fort Worth) and Senate Bill
1503 (SB 1503), a companion bill, was filed in the
Senate by Senator Judith Zaffirini (Laredo). The
purpose of the two bills is to abolish or eliminate
the shampoo apprentice permit and the sham-
poo specialty certificate.
First, you may be asking “what is a companion
bill?”That is the term used when bills filed in each
chamber (Senate and House) are very similar or
even identical to each other.
Here’s how to find and track HB 340 by Repre-
1. Go to Texas Legislature Online (TLO) web-
2. Once on that page locate the Search Legis-
lation section in the middle of the home page.
3. Make sure you are searching in session:
85(R) – 2017. That stands for the 85th session, “R”
signifies the regular session of the legislature but
if there is a number instead of the “R” it means
the action took place during a special session or
time extended from the normal 140 days that the
4. Next determine if you are searching by bill
number or Work/Phrase.
5. Type in the bill number, if you know it. A
House Bill will be HB#### and if it is a Senate Bill it
will be SB####. If you don’t know the bill number
click on the dot with Word/Phrase to its right and
type in a word or phrase that the bill could have
in it. In this case type in “cosmetology” or “barber-
ing.” Using our example type in HB 340.
6. Click the Go button next to the search box.
7. A new page should open.
The new page includes several clickable tabs:
• History tab: Basic bill information is found here
TDLR Program News
Barber Advisory Board:
Linda G. Connor, Presiding Officer
Michelle Narlo, Jennifer Grisham,
Ronald Brown, James Bowens
Cosmetology Advisory Board:
Glenda Jemison, Presiding Officer
Aleshia Rivera, Ron Robinson,
Marisela Higgins, Vanessa Robbins, Claudia Avalos,
Natalie Caballero, Cora Lee Walters
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