Construction Laws Effective 9/1/13

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed a number of bills that will impact the construction industry. Below is a brief description of each of the bills that went into effect on September 1, 2013. 

State Breach of Contract 
The state no longer has immunity from being sued for breach of contract in disputes of $250,000 or more.  For disputes under $250,000, the state office of administrative hearings, commonly known as SOAH, will continue to be the venue.  This bill effects claims arising from contracts executed on or after September 1, 2013.  View the text of HB 586

Career and Technical Education Programs in Public Schools  
Public schools students now have curriculum flexibility in high school graduation requirements that, in part, will pave the way for career and technical education programs in the state’s public schools to train and prepare students for various certifications and careers in the different segments of the construction industry as well as in other Texas industries and professions.  View the text of HB 5.

Alternative Project Delivery
Minor adjustments were made to the law dealing with alternative project delivery methods that was passed in 2011.  The adjustments were based on the experience of governmental entities and their request for minor changes to the 2011 law.  View the text of HB 1050.

Roofing Contractors Prohibited From Acting as Insurance Adjusters
The Insurance Code was amended to make clear that a roofing contractor cannot adjust or advertise to adjust claims for properties which the contractor is the contractor of record.  View the text of  HB 1183.

License Not Required for Certain Rainwater Treatment Installations
Individuals are not required to be licensed for rainwater treatment installations, exchanges, services, or repairs, other than the treatment of rainwater to supply a plumbing fixture or appliance.  View the text of HB 2062.

License Not Required for Installation of a Thermostat
No license is now required for an individual install, repair, replace, or modify a thermostat or other temperature control interface.  View the text of HB 2294.