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Accountability

When bad actors put the lives and livelihoods of Texas families at risk, that wrongdoer should be held accountable. This simple concept, immortalized in the Seventh Amendment of our constitution, is under attack. Texans are slowly being stripped of their legal rights in favor of special interests. Texas families and businesses need strong accountability protections that ensure real consequences for bad actors.

Stop the Frankenstein Bill

Combining two dangerous anti-consumer bills into one "Frankenstein" bill, H.R. 1927 strikes two tremendous blows to consumers and injured workers. 

Latest from Accountability

  • Press Statement on Senate Approval of HB 1774, One of the Blue Tarp Bills

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    For Immediate Release

    On a vote of 21-8, the Texas Senate gave preliminary approval to HB 1774 today, one of the #BlueTarpBills. The legislation slashes the penalty for property insurers that wrongfully delay weather-related claims, forces many cases into federal court where it takes twice as long to receive justice, and adds cost and uncertainty for property owners who attempt to legally challenge insurers' decisions.

    Executive Director Ware Wendell released the following statement:

  • HB 1964 Leaves Texas Tenants High and Dry

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Cheaters should never win. But tomorrow, the Texas House will debate legislation that would let cheating landlords off the hook.

    Under Texas law, landlords are not allowed to profit from water and can only pass along the actual cost of the utility to their tenants. When scamming landlords are caught hiking up these charges, tenants can band together and hold them accountable in court. There’s strength in numbers, allowing individual tenants to stand up to large, out-of- state apartment management companies. 

  • Protect Children. Punish Predators. Oppose the Immunity Amendment to HB 5

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    HB 5 seeks to improve the foster care system. But a dangerous immunity amendment tacked on in the Senate would give immunity to private contractors that make placement decisions. If they negligently place these children in the hands of predators, these private entities should face full accountability. Immunity only leads to danger. Keep kids safe. Oppose this immunity amendment.