Protects businesses from liability for injuries and deaths from pandemic diseases when the business doesn't require employee vaccination

State: TX
Bill Number: HB 609
Position: SUPPORT
Action Required: NONE
Status: ENACTED, Signed by Governor Greg Abbott on 5/24/2023, Effective date 9/1/2023

Legislation Details:

UPDATE: 5/24/2023: HB 609 was signed by Governor Greg Abbot and enacted on 5/24/2023, Effective date 9/1/2023.

UPDATE: 5/15/2023 - HB 609 was sent to the Governor for signature on 5/15/2023.

UPDATE: 5/11/2023 HB 609 passed the 3rd Reading in the Senate by a vote of 19 Yeas, 11 Nays and was reported enrolled on 5/11/2023. 

UPDATE: 5/9/2023 - Eligible for a vote in the full Senate.

UPDATE: 5/5/2023 - HB 609 was passed by the Senate State Affairs Committee on 5/5/2023 by a vote 8:3.

UPDATE: 5/2/2023 - HB 609 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Thursday, May 4th, 2023 at 9:00 AM in the Senate Chamber. View the Hearing Agenda HERE

UPDATE: 4/26/2023 - HB 609 was received in the Senate and referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee on 4/26/2023.

UPDATE: 4/25/2023 - HB 609 passed the Third Reading in the House on 4/25/2023 by a vote of 104 Yeas, 39 Nay, 1 Not Voting. The bill was reported engrossed. 

UPDATE: 4/24/2023 - HB 609 passed the Second Reading in the House on 4/24/2023 by a vote of 104 Yeas, 39 Nay, 1 Not Voting. 

UPDATE: 4/19/2023 - HB 609 is eligible for a floor vote in the full House and was placed on the General State Calendar for 4/24/2023

UPDATE: 3/27/2023 - The House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee filed a favorable report on HB 609  with the Committee Coordinator on 3/27/2023.

UPDATE: 3/15/2023 - HB 609 passed the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee on 3/15/2023 by a vote of 5 Yes, 4 No

UPDATE: 3/11/2023 - HB 609 is scheduled for another hearing in the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee on 3/15/2023 at 8:00 AM in Room E2.016.  See agenda here. 

UPDATE: 3/8/2023 - HB 609 was left pending in the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee on 3/8/2023. Continue to contact the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee Members and ask to SUPPORT until a vote is taken.

Chair: Representative Jeff Leach | (512) 463-0544

Vice Chair: Representative Julie Johnson | (512) 463-0468 

Representative Yvonne Davis | (512) 463-0598 

Representative Lulu Flores | (512) 463-0674  

Representative Joe Moody | (512) 463-0728  

Representative Andrew S. Murr | (512) 463-0536  

Representative Mike Schofield | (512) 463-0528  

Representative Shelby Slawson | (512) 463-0628  

Representative Cody Vasut | (512) 463-0564  

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UPDATE: 3/4/2023 - HB 609 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee on 3/8/2023 at 8:00 AM in Room E2.016.  See agenda here. 

HB 609 was filed on 11/14/2022 and sponsored by State Representative Cody Vasut.

This bill amends section 148.003 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code to protect a business owner or operator from liability for an injury or death to an individual caused by exposure to a pandemic disease if the business owner or operator does not require employees or contractors to be vaccinated for the pandemic disease. Some businesses felt pressure to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for fear of liability if someone claimed they got sick contracting it from someone in the business. This bill removes that pressure.  Vaccines don't work for everyone and some experience serious reactions and deaths from vaccines. It would not be fair for a business to be held liable for injury or death from a disease for which it did not require vaccination because vaccines do not prevent transmission or infection for everyone and many businesses know it is wrong to require employees to take a risk with a vaccine just to be able to keep their job. - Text, status and history of HB 609