The 84th Legislative Session came to an end on June 1. There were 6,276 bills and 200 constitutional amendments filed this session. Of these, 1,282 bills have passed into law. Over the next few weeks, I will write about some of the legislation that was passed this session.

The 84th Legislative Session came to an end on June 1. There were 6,276 bills and 200 constitutional amendments filed this session. Of these, 1,282 bills have passed into law. Over the next few weeks, I will write about some of the legislation that was passed this session.


There are certain requirements for the retail sale of fireworks in Texas, including permit requirements and specified times of sale. Currently, fireworks can only be sold during the New Year’s and Fourth of July holidays. House Bill 1150 would authorize a county commissioners court to allow by order retail fireworks permit holders to sell fireworks in the county to the public during the following additional time periods: from February 25 through March 1 (Texas Independence Day fireworks season); from April 16 through April 20 (San Jacinto Day fireworks season); and from the Wednesday before the last Monday in May through the last Sunday in May (Memorial Day fireworks season).


The bill does not mandate that counties sell fireworks during these holidays, and counties may restrict the sell and use of fireworks.


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Texas parents locating child care providers can utilize the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) searchable database online. The available data allows a person to locate providers that can best meet their needs and ensure settings are safe. However, the limited information available does not allow parents to gain a comprehensive picture of provider performance, quality, and possible risk-factors.


Currently, individuals previously barred by the State of Texas from caring for children may reapply to become a child care provider after five years of revocation or suspension of license. However, an involuntary revocation or suspension of childcare licensure isn’t required to appear on an individual’s background check. Providers whose license or registration is involuntarily revoked or suspended remain on the public website for only two years, when it is removed permanently.


House Bill 1180 statutorily requires DFPS to include information regarding residential child-care facilities and homes for five previous years, including information on standards compliance, inspection results, and disciplinary actions imposed on a home. The bill also requires permanent notation upon reapplication if the individual’s license was involuntarily revoked or suspended.


A few months ago I wrote a column regarding the Texas Armed Services Scholarship for college-bound students who will participate in the ROTC. If you or someone you know is interested in this scholarship, please contact my Austin office.


LARRY PHILLIPS of Sherman represents District 62 in the Texas House of Representatives. His telephone number in Sherman is 903-891-7297. His telephone number in Austin is 512-463-0297. His address in Austin is P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910. His email address is larry.phillips@house.state.tx.us.