• San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Texas House Passes Preemption Bill (SB 14)

Updated: May 26, 2021


SB 14, passed the Texas House on Tuesday, May 25 on its second reading by a voice vote, and today is the deadline for it to pass the House on its third reading. If the bill does not pass on its third reading, the bill will be dead. SB 14 is colloquially referred to as the preemption bill. This bill will restrict local governments from imposing burdensome and inconsistent mandates on private-sector businesses such as sick leave requirements, scheduling, other benefits and wages.


One of the Chamber’s top legislative priorities each Session is ensuring the State Legislature protects the rights of private employers. The Chamber strongly reaffirms the rights of private employers to determine the best and most efficient way to operate a successful business, while remaining competitive in attracting and retaining a talented workforce. The Chamber believes Senate Bill 14 will provide needed stability for Texas employers by preventing local governments from imposing burdensome and inconsistent mandates on private-sector employment practices.

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