Technology Legislation

During the 84th Texas Legislative Session (2015), DIR tracked technology-related legislation, some with directives specific to DIR and some with broad implications to the state in general. You may view complete information about each bill at the Texas Legislature Online.

Below are the bills passed into law. Watch our Technology Bill Highlights webinar, where we share more details about IT legislation passed during the 84th legislative session.

For additional information on any legislation or about participating in a workgroup for a bill that includes stakeholder engagement, please contact

Robert Armstrong, Director of Governmental Relations
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High-Interest Legislation Involving State Agency Collaboration

This table will soon include columns for

  • DIR Actions – High-level actions DIR is taking in implementing each bill.
  • State Agency Action Needed by DIR – Highlight on how DIR implementation affects state agencies, and the actions needed from state agencies as a result.

Bill Number


Bill Caption

HB 1


General Appropriations Bill

HB 855


Relating to the compatibility of state agency websites with certain Internet browsers.

HB 1890


Relating to the development and implementation of a statewide strategy for legacy system modernization.

HB 1912


Relating to employment of a statewide data coordinator in the Department of Information Resources.

HB 2000


Relating to the purchase of certain commodity items by an entity other than a state agency.

SB 20


Relating to state agency contracting.

SB 34


Relating to a report concerning information security for this state's information resources.

SB 1844


Relating to the establishment and functions of the Interagency Data Coordination and Transparency Commission.

SB 1877


Relating to the development and maintenance by each state agency of a data use agreement for the state agency's employees.

SB 1878


Relating to a study on the feasibility of implementing more secure access requirements for electronically stored information held by the state.


Other Technology–Related Legislation and Legislation of Interest

Bill Number


Bill Subject

HB 23

Davis, Sarah

Relating to disclosure of certain relationships with local government officers and vendors; creating criminal offenses.

HB 26


Relating to state economic development measures, including administration of the Texas Enterprise Fund, creation of the Economic Incentive Oversight Board and the governor's university research initiative, abolishment of the Texas emerging technology fund and certain programs administered by the Texas Economic Development Bank, and renaming the Major Events trust fund to the Major Events Reimbursement Program.

HB 85


Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for telecommunications services used for the navigation of certain farm and ranch machinery and equipment.

 HB 283


Relating to the requirement that certain governmental bodies make audio and video recordings of open meetings available on the Internet.

 HB 283


Relating to the requirement that certain governmental bodies make audio and video recordings of open meetings available on the Internet.

HB 331


Relating to the sealing of certain court documents filed electronically in a child protection suit.

HB 349


Relating to storage of electronic fingerprint records and access to criminal history record information.

HB 426


Relating to the acceptance of employment applications through the online system for listing state agency employment openings maintained by the Texas Workforce Commission.

HB 685


Relating to the production of public information available on the website of a political subdivision of this state.

HB 763

King, Susan

Relating to a petition to a state agency for adoption of rules.

HB 764

King, Susan

Relating to the use, collection, and security of health care data collected by the Department of State Health Services.

HB 896


Relating to the prosecution of the offense of breach of computer security.

HB 1062

Lucio III

Relating to authorizing a fee for county records technology and infrastructure costs in certain counties.

HB 1295


Relating to the disclosure of interested parties by persons contracting with governmental entities and state agencies.

HB 1542


Relating to the use of digital message display systems in certain public facilities.

HB 1559


Relating to public school Internet website information concerning local programs and services available to assist homeless students.

HB 1629


Relating to crowdfunding portal regulation for the purpose of small business development.

HB 1814


Relating to the online renewal of driver's licenses of certain active duty military personnel.

HB 1832


Relating to the requirements for and confidentiality of state agency continuity of operations plans.

HB 2014


Relating to the authority of military personnel to obtain certification to teach career and technology education classes in public schools.

HB 2033


Relating to authorizing counties to require the submission of digital maps in connection with the county plat approval process.

HB 2134


Relating to allowing a governmental body to request clarification of a request for public information by electronic mail.

HB 2778


Relating to the elections for which federal postcard applicant voters may be sent ballots by e-mail.

HB 3014


Relating to the administration of "pay for success" contracts for state agencies.

HB 3337


Relating to training and education for state agency administrators and employees.

HB 3342


Relating to purchase of goods and services by the state.

HB 3707


Relating to cloud computing services.

SB 27


Relating to the online broadcast of open meetings of institutions of higher education.

SB 140


Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for telecommunications services used for the navigation of certain farm and ranch machinery and equipment.

SB 158


Relating to a body worn camera program for certain law enforcement agencies in this state

SB 195


Relating to information relating to prescriptions for certain controlled substances.

SB 374


Relating to requiring state agencies to participate in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program, or E-verify.

SB 494


Relating to the availability of certain property and casualty insurance forms on the Internet.

SB 679


Relating to public meetings of joint airport boards.

SB 700


Relating to the use of electronic processes by and electronic information submitted to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

SB 755

Taylor, Van

Relating to the application of the sales and use tax to certain computer program transactions.

SB 788


Relating to requiring direct access to 9-1-1 service from certain telephone systems and Internet Protocol services.

SB 813


Relating to the use of digitized signatures in certain family law proceedings.

SB 1032


Relating to authority for certain state employees to work flexible hours and to work from home or other authorized alternative work sites.

SB 1132


Relating to the protection and use of certain products, information, and technology of the Parks and Wildlife Department.

SB 1237

Taylor, Van

Relating to Internet broadcasts of open meetings held by the policy board of a metropolitan planning organization.

SB 1281


Relating to the authority of a local government to participate in a cooperative purchasing program with local governments of this state or another state.

SB 1296


Relating to nonsubstantive additions to and corrections in enacted codes, to the nonsubstantive codification or disposition of various laws omitted from enacted codes, and to conforming codifications enacted by the 83rd Legislature to other Acts of that legislature.

SB 1308


Relating to driver's licenses and personal identification certificates issued to veterans.

SB 1455


Relating to certain required reports, plans, and other documents prepared by state agencies and institutions of higher education.


Technology Legislation Passed by the 83rd Legislature (2013)

We have also published the list of Technology Legislation Passed by the 83rd Legislature (2013) - DOCX (32 KB), including subsequent actions taken specific to DIR as well as agencies statewide.

Information about file formats.​